Should SharePoint Recruiters Require Certifications?

by , Posted March 2, 2012 - 19:25

Would a MCTS Stamp of Approval Improve SharePoint Recruiting?

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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  • http://twitter.com/VeroniquePalmer Veronique Palmer

    As much as it would be great to have that – we all know it’s never going to happen. I don’t know one single recruiter who would be willing to do that. They’re getting their candidates placed regardless because there’s such a high demand for skills, so why would they bother about certifying? It would wonderful to have someone step up and go the extra mile, but how many recruiters genuinely Only recruit in the SharePoint space? They might just Say so to get market edge, but I would stake my life on it that they do other technical placements too. SharePoint is a special market and community for sure, but we don’t have the buy in from recruiters yet in my experience. There is one that I know that has the potential, but even she has other technologies she has to recruit for. No-one else even comes close to her. Everybody else just seems to be in it for the money. I hope I’m wrong!

  • Anil

    Totally fair comment, many recruiters are hiring for positions across varying technologies and don’t have the time / desire / inclination to study the intracacies of SharePoint. However it is unfair to assume that the recruitment industry is “lazy”, relying on buzzwords and general knowledge when offering opportunities to candidates and clients alike. I recruit solely within the SharePoint arena for permanent and would welcome with open arms a certification for recruiters in the technology, although I would only see this as a personal achievement at this stage. Positions often go weeks without being filled due to lack of confidence in applicants through agencies, however permanent recruitment has received a huge vote of confidence with nationwide recognition of rising placements and retentions of staff. So I’m guessing more than 1 recruitment consultant in the country has some knowledge on how to analyse a requirement, assess the technologies and how they’re used, and placing the correct candidate CVs on the desk of the hiring manager. Whilst there is some truth in the post, it seems very shortsighted to taint the entire industry with the same brush.

    • Shadeed Eleazer

      Anil, thank you for your comment and I agree with your viewpoint. As the author of this article, it is my belief that Technical Recruiters would benefit from having a certification track because it separates those who specialize in SharePoint Recruiting from the Generalist Recruiters who may staff for JAVA positions one week and SharePoint the next upcoming week. There are several great SharePoint Specialist Stafffing Firms that I’ve come across. A certification track would not only help the focused firms separate themselves but it would also improve Technical Recruiting overall. Thank you for your comment.

  • Anil

    Totally fair comment, many recruiters are hiring for positions across varying technologies and don’t have the time / desire / inclination to study the intracacies of SharePoint. However it is unfair to assume that the recruitment industry is “lazy”, relying on buzzwords and general knowledge when offering opportunities to candidates and clients alike. I recruit solely within the SharePoint arena for permanent and would welcome with open arms a certification for recruiters in the technology, although I would only see this as a personal achievement at this stage. Positions often go weeks without being filled due to lack of confidence in applicants through agencies, however permanent recruitment has received a huge vote of confidence with nationwide recognition of rising placements and retentions of staff. So I’m guessing more than 1 recruitment consultant in the country has some knowledge on how to analyse a requirement, assess the technologies and how they’re used, and placing the correct candidate CVs on the desk of the hiring manager. Whilst there is some truth in the post, it seems very shortsighted to taint the entire industry with the same brush.

  • http://twitter.com/VeroniquePalmer Veronique Palmer

    As much as it would be great to have that – we all know it’s never going to happen. I don’t know one single recruiter who would be willing to do that. They’re getting their candidates placed regardless because there’s such a high demand for skills, so why would they bother about certifying? It would wonderful to have someone step up and go the extra mile, but how many recruiters genuinely Only recruit in the SharePoint space? They might just Say so to get market edge, but I would stake my life on it that they do other technical placements too. SharePoint is a special market and community for sure, but we don’t have the buy in from recruiters yet in my experience. There is one that I know that has the potential, but even she has other technologies she has to recruit for. No-one else even comes close to her. Everybody else just seems to be in it for the money. I hope I’m wrong!

  • Shadeed Eleazer

    There are quite a few SharePoint Recruiting Specialist firms that would require their *entire* staff to obtain MCTS certification if a certification track actually existed. SharePoint Global based in Long Beach, California is one such example.
    I agree, staffing firms do enjoy the advantages of the demand for SharePoint professionals but certification provides a clear-cut way of standing out from the rest of the HeadHunters. The cert would increase their value as Technical SharePoint folks would flock to those who at least understand the platform from an End User perspective. Thank you for sharing your viewpoint, you always have great insight on all things SharePoint!