The question our IT recruiters often get from prospective candidates is whether it’s better to have the technical experience or IT certifications. While there is no black and white answer, the truth is that it all depends upon the client (and more specifically the IT manager him or herself).
Having said that, from this technical recruiters perspective, and shared by most IT recruiters Boston in the IT staffing industry, experience typically outweighs certifications. However, it’s difficult to generalize an answer as it depends upon the information technology professional’s level of experience, and just as important, what specific technologies he or she knows.
Certifications don’t amount to much if a candidate has a strong background with a specific technology that is in demand. Strong Sharepoint or .NET Developers can write their own ticket right now – with our without Microsoft certifications. Generally speaking, IT certifications do not mean the candidate is an expert with that technology. However, with all things being equal, IT certifications could put you over the top if it’s between you and another candidate with the same background.
Therefore, if you truly want to play it safe, focus on gaining experience with the hottest technologies on the market, then go out and get your certifications. This will only increase your value as an IT consultant and make you more marketable to IT recruiters and IT recruiting agencies.