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Should PMP credential be used with the name in a resume?

It has been a debatable question for years, on whether PMP credential should be used in e-mail signatures & other places, although you are PMP certified.
My question is, should the PMP credential be used along in the name section in a resume?
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If you download sample resume from, then it shows PMP certification on the top of the resume along with name.

I had my resume done by a professional writer and they included it.

Sure. Why not? By doing so, if it lands on someone's desk, they will clearly see the credential without having to read the resume, which we all know, is merely a scan over.

It ultimately is a personal decision.

I would recommend to add the PMP to your title (usually at the bottom of your name)

It depends on one's own choice, and how you market yourself for a job interview, etc.

Sure, a personal choice.

Yes, I would use it beside the name in the Resume. Moreover, people in linkedin including myself uses it and all other qualifications beside their profile name. Even PMI mentions probably in the exam guide, that upon passing the exam, you can add the certification credential besides your name on business cards and elsewhere.

Agree with Anupam. In my CV, I do not add PMP next to my name in the header, but do mention it in the first line of CV summary - recruiters might not take the time to go thru the entire CV but will surely read the summary.

It would be unprofessional to add in header. But to include in your expertise it would help the employer to know that you hold the certification while processing their priority. And PMP does get more credit than non PMP.

You will find a lot of disagreement over whether or not to place letters after your name, but it's just a matter of opinion in the US. This could be different in other regions. There's nothing wrong with putting the PMP next to your name if you think it will help your résumé get through. Just be careful, because the program scanning résumés might not see it next to your name.

If you don't put it next to your name, be sure that it's prominent in your résumé so that people will see it. Remember that résumés only get a few seconds on their first review, and if the person reviewing them doesn't see what she's looking for, yours will end up in the trash.

Also, if you choose to put PMP next to your name and you have multiple certifications, avoid listing all of them with your name. I've heard many complaints about this "alphabet soup." List only the degree or certification that most qualifies you for a job, and move the rest farther down in your résumé.

For example, if you have a PhD, a PMP, and a CSM, and you want to put some letters by your name, tailor it for the job position. If you're applying for a PM position, the PMP matters most. If you're applying for a scrum master position, the CSM is more attractive than the PMP (scrum masters are not project managers). If the job is related to your degree, the PhD is better than either certificate.
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