When you put your certification credentials (e.g., SPSM) on your resume, an employer will likely make a judgement about what that means about you as a candidate.

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Are you skilled? Or did you just simply pass a test? The employer’s perception of the certification may influence how many points having that certification scores for you in his/her evaluation.

There are certifications where you must complete training and pass a test. These certifications should be more valuable than others that simply require passing a test.

If you’ve earned a certification requiring training, you should use this as a selling point in your interview. You should stress how that certification can give the employer the confidence that you have the skills to successfully deliver results, as opposed to simply the knowledge required to pass an exam (which you have as well).

Food for thought if you encounter an employer who isn’t sure about the value of a certification…

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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