Monday, July 11, 2011

Do I need a PMP next to my name

PMP Exam Success Series: Mindmaps PlacematI believe job seekers hurt their chances when they start appending various professional acronyms to their name.  I saw this person on Linkedin  and looked at the acronyms following this person's name. I then analyzed it. This person has:
    • MS - Master's of Science
    • MBA - Master's in Business Administration
    • CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional
    • PMP - Project Management Professional
    • ITIL - Information Technology Infrastructure Library certifed
    • MCSE - Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
    • CCNP - Cisco Certified Network Professional
    • Sec+ - I found this definition on Wikipedia Security+ is a certification dealing with computer security topics such as cryptography and access control, as well as business-related topics such as disaster recovery and risk management. 
I look at this person's profile and wonder the following things:
      • Why does this person have a MS, MBA and multiple certifications?
      • Does this person think that he/she needs to prove his/her technical skills?
      • Is this person demand a high salary or consultant rate since he/she has numerous certificates?
      • Why is this person so technical and have an MBA?  What is his/her career goals? 
I strongly believe this practice promotes recruiters to downgrade resumes or CVs which over use acronyms next to the candidates' names. I do believe that couple of acronyms next to the names may be helpful but why would a recruit consider someone who has a MBA or a PMP to be a Linux Kernel developer?

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