The Project Management Certification – A Benefit to All Applicants

by Richard C. Wilson on September 10, 2012

In today’s competitive job market, landing a project management job can be difficult.  The best way to ensure you stay in the game is to keep your skills and education up-to-date and competitive. A good way to do this is to obtain a project management certification.

There are many players in the job market game – the newcomer, which is someone that just graduated from college and is looking for his or her first job; the career professional, which is someone that has been working in the field for several years; and the career changer, which is someone that has decided to change his or her career path from something else to project management.  Each of these players can benefit from a project management certification

The newcomer is one that has just entered the job market. Many times this is one person that feels a project management certification is unnecessary because they have just received their degree and feels that should be enough.  This is not always the case. In fact, when applying for an entry-level position, the competition is heavy and most will have a similar background with a similar degree.  Obtaining a project management certification can give you some specialized education and something that will make you stand out from the crowd of applicants.

The career professional many times forgets that he or she needs to stay up-to-date on skills.  A project management certification can be an excellent way to refresh and update skills.  If you are looking to change companies or advance, a certification can be a great way to refresh your education and skill set to give you the edge when applying for your next project management job.

The career changer can benefit greatly from a project management certification.  Since he or she may have solid education and work experience in another field, a project management certification can give him or her specialized training and a skill set needed for a project management job.  This can be a great way to get the job specific training quickly and easily while trying to change professional fields.

Project management certification programs are available in the classroom or online and are a great way to update training and skills.  Having the added certification to your resume can make you stand out from the crowd of applicants and have you on your way to landing your next (or first) project management job.

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