Friday, March 26, 2010

Wanted: Employees with Certifications and Experience

The reasons keep coming for getting more training, more experience, and more certifications. Information Week published data this month about the US government, showing their need for better-trained candidates in the IT security sector specifically. As the nation’s largest employer, the federal government employs over 2 million people (as of 2008), and technology is one of the highest-growth areas.

If a government IT job sounds appealing to you, consider these findings from a survey of 175 government security managers, conducted by (ISC)2:

  • The most difficult part of the hiring process is finding someone with the right skill sets and experience.
  • 60% of respondents said they would be hiring new permanent and/or contract employees for cybersecurity work over the coming year.
  • The government is looking for cybersecurity pros skilled in certification and accreditation, security architecture and models, applications and system development security, and operations security.

TestOut’s LabSim is the place to start for training for IT jobs. It’s a tool that will ensure you are prepared to certify with a highly-sought-after industry certification, but it’s more than that. LabSim gives you hands-on experience related to the job you seek, and it prepares you to do a job well. So, even though we call LabSim courses “certification training” courses, they are every bit as much “IT job training” courses. For recent graduates looking for a career start in government IT, start with LabSim training.

Emily Howard, TestOut

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