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Can too many certifications affect landing a PM job?
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My friends are advising me to stop taking anymore certifications as this might be the cause behind not getting a job, even though I go to networking events, job fairs, my Linkedin profile is loaded with contacts at every medical/healthcare and Pharmaceutical facility. I reach out to my contacts before applying for a job. What else can I do?
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I don't see how many certifications can hurt.
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I believe having more certifications is always good for your knowledge, training, skills, and experience. However, having "too many" certifications on your resume sometimes make the hiring manager think you are "too expensive" or "over qualified" for the position. I would suggest obtaining as many certifications you think you need or interest you. However, only list the certifications that is requested or relates to the role.

Overall, I like LinkedIn. However, I do not like that recruiters and hiring managers is only able to see an overview of you and not what you can provide as an asset for a particular role.

Unfortunately with recruiters and hiring mangers, everyone preference is different. For example, I contacted two different recruiters. One believe 10 years of experience was enough and another recruiter wanted to see more than 10 years of experience. What makes it worst is you cannot ask them before you submit your information what they perference is and what are they looking for. It is not you. Keep on believing in yourself and push forward. I hope this helps.
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2 replies by Atif Qureshi and Eric Simms
May 16, 2018 10:13 AM
Eric Simms
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I agree with Earl. The more certifications you have, the more marketable you are. Employers often want unique combinations of skills, so additional certifications give you an advantage over other job seekers. Also, certifications can demonstrate your drive and commitment to growth. A good manager will value this, but an insecure manager might see you as a threat to his or her position.
May 17, 2018 3:36 AM
Atif Qureshi
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I agree with your views. from learning perspective its good but many recruiters find a person sometime over qualified or over expensive.
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Iman, we had a similar problem here of over qualified as one of so many reason the employer can "legally" deny you the job, so you have to weight that getting more certification will never end so get the job first and then you still can get more certifications
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Many unrelated certifications could indicate a lack of focus.
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1 reply by Hakeem Momoh
May 17, 2018 5:34 AM
Hakeem Momoh
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Agree in totality....You need to determine your focus and passion.
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The number of certifications would only be a hindrance when they outweigh or overshadow one's experience.

So long as the certifications and experience are related and tell a clear story of one's career path, experience, and direction.
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You only have 5 certifications. PMO, CSM and ITIL are regularly accomplished by Project Managers. The only additional one you have are COBIT and a Six Sigma.
I see nothing unusual about your certifications.
Looking at your LinkedIn account it you may want to refine your experience information. You may want to show less and put more focus on those positions that support the type of job you are looking for. Drop everything before 2001. Move your volunteer activity from experience down to the volunteer section. Review the remaining position and reword their descriptions to align with your PM skills.
When searching for a job you need to treat it like a project you are managing. You need to find that one thing that is your niche and market it.
Good luck in your search.
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1 reply by Iman Antonious
May 16, 2018 1:45 PM
Iman Antonious
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Dinah , thanks I love that comment. Wawwo! you know what??? you might be right. I will start working on that. Thanks
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Well if you live in a small town, it will hurt. If your interviewer has only high school then it will hurt you.
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Align your certifications to the job you are applying for directly. In my job search I have found many employers are seeking direct knowledge. The interviewer and or HR Department many times do not understand your certifications and become intimidated.
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1 reply by Iman Antonious
May 16, 2018 1:08 PM
Iman Antonious
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so true, they have no clue what is the actual value of COBIT 5
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May 16, 2018 1:16 AM
Replying to Earl Thomas
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I believe having more certifications is always good for your knowledge, training, skills, and experience. However, having "too many" certifications on your resume sometimes make the hiring manager think you are "too expensive" or "over qualified" for the position. I would suggest obtaining as many certifications you think you need or interest you. However, only list the certifications that is requested or relates to the role.

Overall, I like LinkedIn. However, I do not like that recruiters and hiring managers is only able to see an overview of you and not what you can provide as an asset for a particular role.

Unfortunately with recruiters and hiring mangers, everyone preference is different. For example, I contacted two different recruiters. One believe 10 years of experience was enough and another recruiter wanted to see more than 10 years of experience. What makes it worst is you cannot ask them before you submit your information what they perference is and what are they looking for. It is not you. Keep on believing in yourself and push forward. I hope this helps.
I agree with Earl. The more certifications you have, the more marketable you are. Employers often want unique combinations of skills, so additional certifications give you an advantage over other job seekers. Also, certifications can demonstrate your drive and commitment to growth. A good manager will value this, but an insecure manager might see you as a threat to his or her position.
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1 reply by Iman Antonious
May 16, 2018 1:43 PM
Iman Antonious
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Earl and Eric thanks I do agree with both of you but I need to find out why am I not getting job offers, what am I missing?
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I think what is most important is that you are currently using those skills at your job and the certifications are not just "academic". Since many certifications do not require a practical part. Being able to prove that you are able to apply what you have learnt is the most important.
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1 reply by Iman Antonious
May 16, 2018 1:10 PM
Iman Antonious
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Anish , you missed the point . I am unemployed now and I am obtaining my new certifications during this transition
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