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Asked by Hayley on September 11, 2017

What is more important obtaining outside experience and skills or obtaining the credentials that certify one is qualified for a job?

Answered by Alisha, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on September 12, 2017

Outside experience is always extremely helpful in a career, however it is important to have all the qualifying certifications when looking at employment opportunities. Organizations will want to make sure you have all the skill sets and education to meet their requirements, and then that outside experience is an added bonus. Keep in mind too that no one can take away that qualification. Once you have it, it is yours and a can only help you grow and achieve your goals.

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Answered by Amy , Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on November 8, 2017

I would not say that one is more important than the other. First and foremost, its important to obtain the credentials to be qualified for a job because that is going to be the first requirement in being considered for a position. Companies want to make sure you have the right education and skills in order to be able to preform the job. From there outside experience is always extremely helpful and can further help you succeed in your role. The more outside experience you have the more likely you will have more ideas to bring to the table which can help the company.

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