10 July 2014
While companies continue to develop digital strategies to remain competitive within their respective industry, they must also be on alert for the potential risks of hackers. Since the internet and other forms of technology make businesses more open to security breaches and threats, companies are increasingly investing in top information and/or network security talent to help keep their businesses protected from unauthorized third parties. Therefore, if you’ve ever considered a career in, or a transition into one of these security roles, our Information Technology recruitment specialists encourage job seekers to consider certain certifications that can set your skill set and knowledge base apart from competitors. For example, if you are interested in an information security role, “the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification will give you a sharp edge over other IT professionals as it has the widest range of usability in the IT field,” says Joseph Schott, Director of The Execu|Search Group’s Information Technology division. “Alternatively, the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) or the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certifications are what’s hot in the current marketplace if you are considering network security or information systems (IS) audit roles.” With this in mind, now’s the time to learn more about the certifications that may help make you stand out in your job search. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) – This certification is in highest demand as it is one of the most difficult to attain. To become certified, you will be required to either: Successfully complete an exam, acquire 5 years of full-time work experience in an information systems type role (e.g., Information Security Officer, IT Risk Management, Compliance Analyst, etc.), and complete the (ISC)2 Code of Ethics, OR; Receive a four year Bachelor’s degree in a stem related field and complete the (ISC)2 Code of Ethics. “Employers are looking for candidates with a combination of skills in operations security, risk management, cloud security, security management practices, or telecom, in addition to your certification,” notes Joseph. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) – An increase in stricter governmental privacy and security regulations have resulted in a rise in the demand for IS audit professionals. For example, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act are just two pieces of legislation that have impacted the ways businesses use security measures and rely on their IT staff members. As a result, employers are seeking IS Auditors with the CISA certification to assess and monitor business systems. Therefore, the CISA certification will give you a competitive edge over your peers who don’t possess this designation. The process includes successful completion of the CISA examination in addition to meeting the work experience requirements and completing the CISA Application for Certification. “With this credential clearly highlighted on your resume, you can potentially boost your earning potential, stand out in the hiring process, and enhance your professional recognition,” says Joseph. Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) – Having the right professionals in place to catch a potential threat is precisely why companies are turning to ethical hackers. Organizations are looking for trustworthy IT specialists to identify holes in internal systems by hacking the organization’s network before their illegal counterparts get the chance to. Fortunately, the CEH certification shows your proficiency in keeping networks secure and your ability to ensure confidential information is kept safe. In order to attain this certification, you must pass an exam and possess 2 years of experience in the network security field (e.g., Network Security Engineer, Cyber Threat Analyst, IT Security Privacy & Risk, etc.). Our IT recruiting specialists also recommend building your knowledge on various computer firewalls and sharpening your skills through online modules. For instance, the CCNA Security Modules and a number of firewall certifications (e.g., Pix, Norton, Cisco, etc.) are just a number of ways candidates can demonstrate a working knowledge of systems in this area. Pair at least one of these certifications with the CEH certification, and you will be better positioned to stand out throughout your job search.
10 July 2014
Author: The ExecuSearch Group
When considering future opportunities in long-term care, healthcare professionals should now start looking into acquiring a new type of skill: proficiency with the Uniform Assessment System, or UAS. For many registered nurses and care coordinators who have been unemployed, or have been employed long-term with a facility that hasn’t yet switched to the tool, learning a new assessment system may seem daunting. However, since the UAS is now the standard tool for many Medicaid home and community-based long-term programs and services, it is becoming a necessity for those interested in pursuing long-term care. Unifying Medicaid programs under the UAS allows for information on chronically ill patients to be universally documented as a part of the New York State Medicaid Redesign Effort’s ongoing effort to improve efficiency and overall patient health and communication. Many currently employed professionals may not yet have a need for these skills, but those searching for a job in the near future will surely see the UAS as a trending requirement for most long-term care positions—especially those of home care nurses. Due to this sudden, unprecedented shift to the UAS, there is now a large skills gap with a high demand for UAS-savvy professionals and not enough professionals to satisfy that need. “At The Execu|Search Group, we’re experiencing a sudden influx of demand for nursing professionals with these skills,” says Kelly Mattice, Vice President of The Execu|Search Group’s Health Services division. “Many of our clients have already transitioned to the new system and are actively looking for qualified candidates who can hit the ground running.” As a result, nursing professionals seeking opportunities in managed long-term care facilities should ensure they develop these skills in order to become more marketable in the field. The UAS comes with an integrated training environment with online courses through the Health Commerce System, so those who are currently employed with an organization that is now using the tool can take advantage of these resources to learn. For those who are unemployed, the New York Department of Health offers a comprehensive list of informative documents and other training materials for healthcare professionals and organizations to familiarize themselves with. However, use of the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) data set has remained unchanged, so nursing professionals looking for work should still remain up-to-date on OASIS knowledge and experience. Many healthcare organizations currently using OASIS—which is strictly used for patients with non-chronic illnesses—are now cross-training their staff in the UAS. So if you’re currently employed in one of these facilities, take advantage of the opportunity to acquire what is becoming a highly sought-after skill!