Should SharePoint Recruiters Require Certifications?
It is painfully obvious to any SharePoint professional that has sat through a sales pitch aka cold call from a Recruiter who has located their info from an online job site or from contacts list from their last job search, that not all Recruiters operate in the same manner.
If you take a look at the roles and responsibilities that govern a typical SharePoint deployment within an organization, each one of those positions require a certified designation of some sort. Not all certifications need to be Microsoft-centric, such as PMP and VMWare Certified Professional, but it is understood that certifications are an important metric in determing aptitude in mid and senior-level positions.
To increase the problem, there is a clear lack of defined standards that dictate fair engagement for Recruiters.
Staffing SharePoint professionals is not the same process as a Network Engineer, JAVA Developer, or Windows System Administrator within a new position. There are a wide sweeping range of skillsets that span across hardware platforms, software applications, and programming and markup languages to carve out a career in the SharePoint industry.
For the Recruiters that do specialize in SharePoint, what “proof” do they have they are indeed the best-of-the-rest in order to separate their abilities and their staffing firm from the rest of the fly-by-night companies that do not understand the intracacies of SharePoint staffing?
Challenges to Certifying Staffing Professionals
- How Much Hands-On Proficiency Do Recruiters Need?
Should SharePoint Recruiters require hands-on experience from an End User perspective?
Do Recruiters need to understand SharePoint lists, libraries, and permissions?
- Minimum Technical Levels
What is the minimum technical level required and how can this area be tested in certification form?
- Lack of Industry Standard Definitions
There is a definite lack of industry standard definitions for SharePoint 2010 roles and responsibilities. Can Recruiters be tested on a subject where there is no centralized resource library to reference and study?
What are your thoughts on certifying SharePoint Recruiters?
Leave your comments and let’s get the discussion going.
Written by Shadeed Eleazer
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