Imagine in your mind that you are the hiring manager of a large scale company that is looking to bring on a new project manager, and you are staring at the large stack of resumes dreading getting started. The first thing that you want to do is rather than search for the eligible applicants and work your choices down to a few candidates, but it is first necessary to remove from the pile those applicants who are not qualified enough for the company. But wait, in your high level business, everyone in this pile is qualified, or else they wouldn’t be in the pile, but there must be something that can help chose the best person to bring in for interview. Well it turns out that there is, and the best way to get your foot in the door and placed on the top of the pile is with a PMP Certification.
PMP stands for Project Management Professional, and is a universally recognized certification. A survey done by PMI (Project Management Institute), which is the company that offers the certification, shows that a PMP, “Increases your salary up to 10% more than non-credentialed colleagues and peers,” as stated on their website. What sets this certification apart and makes it unique is that you have to be an experienced project manager to receive it, and that it is a great way to display that you are among the best, and most experienced project managers.
If you are interested in receiving this certification you will need a four-year degree with at least three years of management experience, totaling at least 4,500 hours, and 35 hours of management education. If you do not meet this criterion there is a second set you can also meet in place of these. Have a secondary diploma, with five years of experience, totally at least 7,500 hours, and 35 hours of management education. If you meet one of both of these criteria, then you are the perfect person to receive this certification, and with the benefit of having a resume that stands out and increased pay, there is no reason to not take advantage of this opportunity.
The average person will spend approximately 35 hours to prepare for the exam, which may very well be worth your time. If you spent an hour a day for just over a month, then, you could increase your pay by ten percent in only one month, through a legitimate and industry recognized program.
The one thing that you should take away from this is that whether or not you currently are employed, looking for a raise, or trying to find a job, the PMP certification has something to offer you. No matter how you look at it the pros far outweigh the cons, and for a small fee, you should get this certification to get your resume bumped to the top of anyone and everyone’s pile.