A recent survey by Dice.com found that hiring managers are having a difficult time finding job applicants with skills and experience related to the security, efficiency and cost effectiveness of technology, specifically to fill talent voids in areas like networks and databases, and strategies like virtualization and collaboration. "At a time when certain job openings prompt a wave of responses, managers need a way to identify the most serious contenders, just as candidates need a way to demonstrate their skill in a particular technology," the survey states. "For both, certifications are a key element."
While direct experience is key to landing a technology job, Dice says, here are the top 10 skills and certifications that can make applicants stand out:
6. Database Administrators/Administration
8. Active Federal Government Security Clearance
9. Project Manager/Management