Most recruiters and the companies they serve expect to see a degree in your field, or equally relevant experience that speaks to your skill sets and your know-how. What that resume information doesn’t tell them, though, is how well prepared you are to think, to engage in effective leadership – and to provide real value to the business through process evaluation.
A new Executive Insight release from Management and Strategy Institute (MSI) looks at trends in hiring, the value of Six Sigma professional certification, and how candidates can best prepare themselves for the next phase of their careers. “The Real Value of a Six Sigma Certification,” a free executive insight paper on certification advantages specifically for college-educated professionals, is available at this link.
What the MSI paper reveals is the shift away from academic success – reflected in that well-earned degree – to the practical applications emphasized by employers in both small and larger firms. As HR professionals screen candidates, they’re looking for evidence of strategic thinking that really works.
In today’s environment, employers aren’t the only ones looking for more. Well-educated job seekers, whether beginning or advancing their careers, know that professional certifications create more than just a competitive advantage. Six Sigma credentials reflect the emphasis on quality and cost efficiency that businesses expect, and they help to create the rewarding opportunities and challenges you seek.
“Employees seeking career advancement need more than competence and seniority if they want to be considered for progressively increasing responsibilities,” said Mike DiLeo, president of Management and Strategy Institute (MSI). “And even recent college grads need to grow in how they lead and respond.”
These expectations are true in the traditional manufacturing jobs in which quality improvement, process management and Six Sigma principles are rooted. But professionals in hospitality, finance, retail, health care and any number of industries have long shifted their business models to incorporate Six Sigma thinking. That’s also true of employees at all levels of the enterprise, who need to understand its value and often serve on Six Sigma project teams as they develop the experience to one day lead them.
Beyond industry knowledge and corporate knowledge, those brought into management positions need to know how to respond to new and unexpected situations, and to motivate for best results. Six Sigma helps candidates and employees to become the “change agents” that are most in demand, DiLeo added.
Management and Strategy Institute is an accredited training provider with IASSC accreditation, offering both online courses in Six Sigma and project management, as well as certification.
About Management and Strategy Institute:
Management and Strategy Institute is an accredited, authorized training provider with IASSC accreditation. MSI provides online training and certification of management and business skills for individuals who wish to advance their knowledge in the field of business. Certification includes Six Sigma, project management, and other professional development options. All exams include free training material and are competency based.