Are you an employee seeking to advance to a management career, or are you already a manager and recognize that the opportunities for advancement are becoming increasingly competitive by the day? You can obtain the professional recognition you need for a career in management by embracing the Foundations of Management (FoM) certificate or Certified Manager (CM) certification. Each program develops practical management skills [at two different levels], provides tools to reinforce and apply learning, and provides a certificate that recognizes your management skills.

Securing a professional certificate or certification not only improves your on-the-job performance, but also increases your visibility and credibility among clients, employers, and colleagues. This allows clients to entrust you with their business, employers to seek you out for challenging tasks with higher levels of responsibility, and colleagues to admire you and model your success. The professional recognition you receive from certification starts a cycle which continues to create opportunities for you to shine and reap additional recognition.

A Forbes’ article written by Dan Schawbel, 14 Things Every Successful Person has in Common (December 17, 2013), cites “successful people are willing to reinvent themselves to stay relevant in the business world. They understand that if you stay stagnant and ignore trends, that you will be left behind. They are constantly coming up with new ideas, searching for the next big thing and getting new skills.” Hence, engaging in professional development will expand your opportunities for advancement and ultimate chances for success.

In combination, setting career goals, attaining professional certification, and engaging in community service opportunities will help to improve your work performance and capture the attention of employers, clients, and colleagues. Your dedication, hard work, and humility will augment your professional achievements and secure the professional recognition you deserve.  So, take the first step and join me by attaining your CM professional certification. Then give back to your community. Finally, strategically communicate your desires and watch for the doors of success to open on your behalf. Good luck and thank you for your service.