Angling for a Raise? 3 Reasons a Professional Certification Can Get You There

With today’s workforce becoming increasingly educated and hiring practices feeling ever-more competitive, you might be searching for ways to help yourself stand out and maybe even move up the ladder.

At Juran, we believe that creating a workplace culture of continuous learning is the best move a leader can make to ensure continuous organizational success, and in our 60 years as leading consultants, we have only ever seen organizations benefit from certification programs.

Certification is proven to increase your efficiency and productivity.

Every supervisor is looking for star employees who are both productive and efficient, and professional certifications are proven to boost your performance in those two areas. In fact, a 2015 report by the International Data Corporation found that workers with a certification were 90% more productive and 60% more efficient than their uncertified counterparts.

Continuous learning is an investment in your own career that can pay off tremendously.

No one is going to put more thought and attention towards your professional development than you are, so even if a certification isn’t being offered by your company, it is well worth investing in yourself with a program that will bolster your career, long after you have moved on from your current position. Regardless of if you are planning a job change or not, a certification can lead to a salary increase. If you don’t believe it, take it straight from the mouths of supervisors themselves.

90% of employers surveyed in 2015 reported being more likely to promote a worker if they had a professional certification (CompTIA, 2015).

Being certified provides objective proof of your abilities that current and potential employers can be confident in.

Certification not only demonstrates initiative and commitment to your career, but provides your supervisor with measurable, consistent standards by which to measure performance. It is every employee’s dream to be able to provide their manager with hard facts that make offering a promotion undeniable, and certification can do that for you.

If you’ve been considering a certification but are still thinking it over, take this article as the sign you’ve been waiting for.

A great place to start is with a Lean Six Sigma training, a program that equips students with tools that can dramatically increase the efficiency and effectiveness of any organization. Join Juran’s open online workshop to become a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Register for the September 8 workshop at https://www.juran.com/black-belt-workshop.

Looking for another area of certification? Learn more about other certification programs for yourself or your team here.