#3 – Get Certified in your Profession

{20 Ways to Love Your Professional Self}

#3 – Get Certified in your Profession

Have you ever wondered how you can earn more money within your current field? Certification! And that’s just one of the wonderful career benefits of becoming certified in your profession. Who becomes certified? Professionals in  HR, Accounting (CPA), IT, Project Management, Personal Training, Facility Management, Engineers, Meeting Professionals…the list goes on. In fact, according to the Career One Stop, a Department of Labor website, there are over 403 career certifications.

Gaining your certification impacts your career potential in several ways;
1) You will gain access to additional job opportunities and promotions that require a certification.
2) Certified Professionals often enjoy the benefits of a network of other certified professionals (monthly meetings, newsletters & online collaboration).
3) You will acquire an expanded body of knowledge through the certification process that you are often required to maintain as you re-certify through Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s).
4) And most importantly, credibility in your area of expertise.

In the spirit of loving your professional self who can argue with those benefits?

Now, I have to say that getting certified isn’t necessarily easy though the hard work pays off dividends in the years to come in your career. One warning, not all certifications are the same and its important to be sure that the certifying organization is accredited. I would also encourage you to do research among colleagues or a mentor to learn more about what certifications they have and would recommend for you.

Nothing says earning potential more than three little letters behind your name!



Amy McGeachy is an HR Consultant & Executive Coach in Portland, Oregon. Amy is a certified HR Professional (PHR) through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is also a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). In February Amy is blogging about {20 Ways to Love Your Professional Self}. Check in daily to be inspired.

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