When was the last time you updated the skillset on your resumé?

If an employer looked at your resumé, what would they see?  This is the question you should ask yourself at least once a year.  Why yearly?  Because even if you aren’t looking for a job, an opportunity may arise where you need your resumé.  This is especially true when it comes to getting a promotion at your current employer, or if you’re suddenly laid off.

One of the first things employers look at when reviewing your resumé is your “skillset”.  This is a combination of your work experience mixed with your training and certifications.  This combination helps paint a picture of your ability to complete business tasks in a professional manner.  Let’s take a look at these two aspects in more detail and how they affect your resumé.


Work Experience:  Work experience is the work that you’ve completed (both on and off the job) that directly correlates to the job positions you’re applying for.  Many times this experience comes from jobs and companies that you’ve worked for in the past.  It may also come from apprenticeship programs or work done during college classes.

Training / Certifications:  You obtain certifications by first learning a new skill, then getting certified by a 3rd party organization like MSI.  The certification exam is designed to test your fundamental understanding of the topic you’ve learned.  Employers like certifications because it validates the fact that somehow has knowledge in a field of study.

Here are a few suggestions for anyone looking for a way to boost their resumé in 2017 and beyond:

  • Six Sigma Lean Black Belt Certification – When it comes to adding a process improvement certification to your resumé, the Lean Black Belt certification is often considered the gold standard.  Think of this certification as a mix of project management skills and process improvement skills.  This certification shows that you have an understanding of Six Sigma principles up to the Black Belt (leadership) level of Six Sigma.  If you have experience in working on Six Sigma projects, you may be qualified to lead a project.  If you have a certification, but no project experience, you may start working on a project as a Green Belt until you have the experience to lead a project yourself.  Either way, this certification shows that you’ve passed a certification exam and demonstrated your knowledge through an independent exam.

  • Change Management Certification – All companies go through change.  Having managers that know how to manage that change has become critical in today’s every evolving corporate environment.  The Change Management certification shows employers that you understand change is inevitable and you’re equipped with the skills to manage and navigate it.  You’ll have an understanding of the 8 stages of change as well as the principles of effective change.

  • Strategic Organizational Leadership Certification – Organizations need leaders who know how to manage the business, yet inspire others and give the company direction.  Strategic leaders plan for the future, ensuring their business is profitable now and moving forward.  They make sure employees at all levels within the organization are engaged in the company’s success.