People who make a fuss about putting something (anything) after their name amuse me. It is a sad amusement, but amusement nonetheless.
Something today reminded me of this. It was a request on LinkedIn from a person with an alphabet salad of credentials following their family name. It included PE, CEM, GBE, PMP, LEED AP. While I immediately recognized the first and last, I wasn’t entirely sure about the ones in the middle. I knew it either had something to do with construction/design/engineering, or it showed that they failed at engineering and were forced into real estate.
Having suffered this unsolicited LinkedIn acronym assault, I have a few simple rules for dealing with arrays of post-name credentials.
1. If, when I google your credential, a reasonable certifying agency does not appear on the first page of results, I assume you to be full of shit.
2. For post-name certifications, two is the limit (i.e. Hotlips Houlihan, RN, BSN), unless the desired post-name certification is “Esq” or “JD.” In that case, zero is the limit.
3. Before using a post-name certification, you must stand outside the entrance to Sears wish a large card depicting your desired acronym. Survey at least 100 people coming in or out of Sears. If more than 60% are clueless as to its meaning, you aren’t allowed to use it.
4. The number of post-name credentials you list is directly proportional to how desperate you are to find a job (or escape your current job).
5. I don’t care who you are, or what it stands for. If I see that you have “PMP” after your name, you will be a punchline.