I have been toying with the idea of taking a CIW (Internet Certified
Webmaster) course. Apparently this is being set as the new standard for the
Internet, and I've been told that I will have no problems landing an IT job with this
qualification. Is this qualification in demand or have I just been
speaking with over-enthusiastic IT training sales people?
That is, I see no job postings on major recruiting sites that mention CIW by name, and most technical recruiters don't know what CIW is or means. This tells me it's still too early to tell if the CIW is a "ticket to success" or just another piece to play when seeking employment.
Don't get me wrong: I see enough value in the CIW to have managed 3 books for the program (Site Designer, Security Professional, and E-commerce Professional). But I still don't see enough "brand recognition" or a strong requirement that Web professionals be certified to get jobs. OTOH, a savvy hiring manager WILL probably recognize the CIW and will probably give it some value, too, so take all this into consideration when chewing on the "should I or shouldn't I" issues.
A strong portfolio and documented, relevant, work experience is probably the most valuable employment piece you can play in this area.
Good luck in finding the right job for yourself. Thanks for writing,
This was first published in September 2001