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Certified Versus Experienced? Whom Do You Hire?


Amit is a web developer and writer turned digital entrepreneur. He loves writing on technology, social media, and self-improvement.



Are you certified? Are you truly capable of doing this? These questions are often asked by our clients in a different area. They underestimate us by a certificate. If we have that piece of paper, we are the mastermind, if don't then we are like dust!

Do you think the same? Do you also consider a certification first when you are about to hire a candidate? If you are nodding yes, I want to ask why? Why do you think like this? Do you have a definite reason for seeking a certified candidate?

Some of you may not have an appropriate answer to this question, and some of you will say that if a person has a certificate in a specific field, he/she will be a great person and handle our projects effectively. But does it make sense? Is it true? Probably not!

Is the certification required?

Yes, there is no doubt, and certification is the need of the hour. If the person has certified, it shows that the candidate is pretty mature and capable of performing the task successfully. A certificate is what makes you stand out from the crowd. It apprise that you have invested your time and made efforts to get a certificate. You do not need to tell your employer how skilled you are, the certificate itself reveals all the pages.

What is a certification- this means that you have accomplished the challenge within the time limit. In more words, when you crack a certain program or course within a fixed time-frame, you are awarded a certificate by the authority.

Certificate more than the experience?

This question is quite tricky and you need to use your six senses to get the difference clearly. It seems like both are different things. You cannot blend or ignore, the years of experience with a certificate.

A certificate can be obtained within a month or so but the hat of experience cannot be worn within a month or overnight. It takes a reasonable amount of time and effort. You fail, you make mistakes over mistakes, then you become the master in a particular field. But when it comes to certification, it can be fake in some senses.

Whom do you hire?

For example, if you wanted to get certified in content writing, there are a lot of courses that provide one month, six months, or one-year training in which you can enroll. Suppose you took a year of training to become a quality writer and even got certified after a year. Now you only have certificates and one year of experience in the market.

On the other hand, there is a person who has ten years of experience in the writing age. He writes so well and effectively and has enough work on his plate. He is a well-known writer and offers his services globally. But he has no certificate in the content writing field.

Let's take another example, a guy who has only one year of experience and has a certificate of a certain technology. He has no experience in how to communicate and how to perform the task, but he has a certification.

A person, on the opposite side, who has more than ten years of experience in the same technology but the problem is that he has no certificate to show. He knows how to handle and perform tasks. He has done many projects in the past. He has a portfolio and genuine clients who are praising him.

Here's a key, the person who has certification, they may not have extensive knowledge of their field. Conversely, there is a person who does not have certification from a large organization but has years of experience in their field.

Now the question is; who do you appoint for your projects? You'll probably hire a veteran, right?

How to choose the right candidate?

First of all, do not underestimate someone who is not certified by a designated firm. Just because they do not have a certificate does not mean that they cannot execute your work. They have the ability to work on your task. They have been showcasing their skills for years. They know how to accomplish the task and provide you with obvious results.

If you go after a person just because they have certification, it means that you need a time in which you can differentiate. You can go through the profile of the candidate and take a look at their reviews & ratings, portfolio, real clients, and total projects that they have done in recent times.


On this note, appoint a person who has years of experience. Because he knows to provide you with successful results. In some senses, if a person has a proven record under his belt, as well as certification, you can hire the candidate.

Kindly do let me know what do you think on this topic? Does the certificate matter more than experience? I would love to read your opinions and thoughts.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Amit Masih