A student preparing for the Base Certification exam recently sent us a question, but it wasn’t about the exam. It was about how to position her certification credential on her resume to highlight she’s SAS Certified.
This is a great question since employers continuously tell us a SAS Certification is a solid measure of candidate’s knowledge and skills. But the answer to this question is different for everyone.
It somewhat depends on how much space you have available on your resume. Certainly list the credential and include it if you already have a 'skills' section on your resume. If so, you may want to add some key skills related to base programming, such as 'SAS Data Step Programming' or 'Data preparation and cleansing'. It also might depend on the job you’re applying for and how important those skills are. But if you have a lot of SAS experience from previous jobs, I would not sacrifice listing that in favor of the skills section.
I hope this helps others out there looking for SAS jobs. Also, you can 'push' an electronic credential verification to a prospective employer using the SAS Certification Records Management System.
If anyone has other advice, please comment below. Or maybe there’s a hiring manager reading this blog that could share their experience from the other side.