Challenges within our economic structures have shown us just how fragile the workplace can become. Many individuals face challenges in obtaining a job or career in spite of being well prepared and equipped. Certainly knowledge, skills, and abilities are essential to compete (yes it is a competition out there!).
However, many people are having problems acquiring that opportunity to prove themselves and become a valued member of the organization upon which they so strongly desire an affiliation. Education and experience are certainly assets that help you break down barriers on the path to your career destiny.
Should it stop there?? Individuals are obtaining degrees like never before – it is certainly a benefit to society to have a better educated public. However, this makes that dreaded job search, career transition, or workforce entrance that much harder. Additionally, this also presents human relations professionals with challenges narrowing down “the most qualified” applicant.
Don’t worry, there is more you can do! Obtaining a professional certification may be just the thing that places your resume or application in the “final stack”. Here are a few reasons to consider:
- Distinguish Yourself
Professional certifications provide you with an opportunity to distinguish yourself from other applicants. Not only might a certification or additional designation make you distinguished, it may also give you an extra edge allowing you to more effectively market yourself for the jobs and career you seek.
Maybe you want to widen your options or narrow your aim. Combining a professional certification with your education and experience just may make you that triple threat!
Are you currently seeking to progress or obtain entrance into the healthcare field? Check out a few certifications here.
- Professional Development
Although a professional certification can help you stick out in a great way, your primary motivation should be to develop yourself professionally. After all, you have to answer to, represent, and demonstrate all that you advertise yourself to be. Maybe you are looking to climb the later or jump onto a new one.
Weather your goals involve your current organizational affiliation or a future job or career; committing to your professional development is rewarding for you and stands to enhance the lucky company or organization that can call you their own.
Are you an artistic being? Earn an interior design certification or become a certified home stager right here in Atlanta!
- Career Transitions
Career transitions can be a trying process. The current economic climate creates and disables aspirations for “something new”. A key thing to ask yourself with transitioning into a new job or career is – Do I really want to do this?
Education and experience play pivotal roles in a career transition, but what if you simply aren’t sure that you want to drastically change your job or apply for that degree (that you don’t yet know much about). This is where professional certifications and designations can really benefit you.
The education you receive from obtaining your certification gives you more insight, experience, and expertise in preparation for your next steps.
Do you have aspirations to climb the ladder in business or management? Take a look at these certifications.
- Become a specialist
Don’t we all want to be at the top of our game? A professional certification or designation may be the key to becoming an expert in your field. Specializations involve zeroing in on a particular career path or skill set.
So we know it is desirable to become a specialist. The key is deciding upon within what you want to specialize. Start soul searching! Hiring managers will be looking to recruit for positions that are hard to fill. The knowledge obtained from your specialization may be the confidence boost you need to show them why their search ends with you.
Thought about a certification in a trade based field? Search these.
In deciding to obtain a professional certification or not, the keys to enhancement of any kind are commitment & initiative. Engage both in your job search, career transition, or attempt to climb the ladder in the Greater Atlanta Area and beyond.
Didn’t see your potential certification interests in any of the above mentioned? Keep searching. It is important to educate yourself on all aspects of the career or job you seek. Good luck and keep going!!
A Little Inspiration . . .
All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible – T.E. Lawrence
Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer – Marcia Wieder
If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead of idling it away? – Lord Chesterfield
The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages; the question is what he will do with the things he has. The moment a young man ceases to dream or to bemoan his lack of opportunities and resolutely looks his conditions in the face, and resolves to change them, he lays the corner-stone of a solid and honorable success – Hamilton Wright Mabie
Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still – Chinese Proverb
Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow – Doug Firebaugh