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Does a CIPP certificate help in finding a job? I haven't had chances to dig into privacy at work (handled by compliance 90% of the time) and my work has been 80% commercial contracts. Wanted to explore opportunities and learn something new given work has been slow. Other recommendations are appreciated as well. (E.g. should I just spend more time on networking? 😂)

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Yes and no. Recruiters look for it as a filtering method. As a hiring manger I don’t care because I know IAPP is not designed for privacy attorneys. I’d rather see actual work experience in privacy.

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It doesn’t hurt to have a CIPP but it won’t carry the day either. I always suggest people build their “portable equity,” which are the skills and experiences you can take with you when you leave a job. CIPP is a formal version of portable equity. You could build those same privacy skills without the designation. Whether I see CIPP in a resume or not, I am going to dig into your privacy experience if that’s relevant to the job. I would never assume that a person with a CIPP is more experienced in privacy than someone without it. Good luck!

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And how did you pick up new legal skills on your own?

This all makes sense. The one headhunter I asked about this told me CIPP isn't worthwhile but I guess if I can't find other ways to have more hands-on experience this is an option? I'm also interested in employment law issues. Attended some pro bono I that field but the opportunity seems rare.

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If it’s not free and you have no experience in privacy I would agree it’s not worthwhile. It was designed to give engineers and program managers a very brief intro to privacy. It’s not really useful for day to day legal work. If you can get any experience in the space you’d have an easier time marketing that.

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Bump as I have the exact same question!

It helps to demonstrate your interest in an area that is otherwise new to you. It shows you’re not just following a fad, you’ve invested in this new area, and therefore committed.

Yes for recruiters maybe but I have one and I don't think it helped me in any way.

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