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HR Certifications: Do They Make a Difference?

A recent article in TLNT posed a question that has been debated in HR circles for many years. That is, do professional HR certifications really help job seekers. According to the article, there is no clear consensus among HR professionals. Some suggest that certifications may help you in early career to provide that leverage for serious consideration. Others believe that accomplishments and work experience in the profession trump, especially for those seeking leadership positions.

During my 30-year career in higher education HR, I was fortunate to have the support of upper management early in my career in my quest to obtain the Certified Compensation Professional designation through what is now WorldatWork. Soon thereafter, my interest in pursuing an MBA was equally encouraged. I believe that the certification readily established credibility early on, and the graduate degree engendered the respect of my peers, as well as those outside of HR.

As higher education professionals, I believe it is incumbent upon us to engage in further education. After all, that is what we are all about. Additionally, our customer base, especially leadership and faculty, expect the highest standards of professionalism and expertise.

Share your own experience and opinion.

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