One question I get a lot since I left corporate America and started working for myself is: Why did you pursue the professional certifications you have?
The answer is pretty simple. I wanted to stand out.
When I started my business in 2005, I needed to set myself apart from other virtual assistants who were doing the same thing. One way I knew I could do that was with professional certifications. They demonstrated that I was engaged in my professional development and my clients’ lines of business.
The first certification I pursued was my Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) in organizational management from the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). Then I tackled the Myers Briggs Type Indicator administrator. Preparing for these certifications taught me more than I could have ever imagined at the time. They helped me become a smarter business professional, provide a higher level of customer support, and gain a new perspective on important aspects of my profession that I hadn’t studied with much depth prior to going through the certification process.
Most recently, I added the Certified Productivity Pro Consultant credential to my resume. I pursued this certification so I could train and share these topics with the admin audience I serve. But it has also transformed my own personal productivity as a result which has made this certification even more valuable to me.
If you’re interested in pursuing a professional certification, this week’s feature article talks about the process of preparing for and earning one.
I also encourage you to watch our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages as we’re featuring resources and information all month on the types of certifications available and the benefits they can offer.
Finally, if you have a professional certification that has helped you in your career, share your story with us! We’d love to hear how it’s benefited you personally and/or professionally.
Supporting your administrative success,