This is the second and concluding article about ‘PMP digital badge’ – the icing on PMP cake that PMI introduced last month.

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In the part-1 of this series we saw why PMI has teamed up with Acclaim.com to provide digital badge to PMI certification holders. And also how it helps you spy on crucial job-market data and apply for a profile that suits your needs and pays you more!

In this post we will look at,

  • The step-by-step process to claim your badge and showcase it on your LinkedIn profile and other important places
  • How to discover your hidden professional traits and how to use it to get an edge over other candidates! I was pleasantly surprised to discover mine (you can see later in this article).

Let’s jump right in.

If you have already got your PMP (or any other PMI certification) in the past you would have received an email informing you about the digital badge, some of you might have received it as well at this point of time.

We saw how useful this seemingly simple digital badge, in that you can access to job market insider data which was hard to access in the past. With the digital badge you can not only ‘market’ your value well, but you can find out specific job profiles in are interested in and apply to them directly.

I received my digital badge recently. In this article I will show exactly how you can claim it and then use it to subtly market the value you can bring to any organization.

As I mentioned in part-1 of this series this is the best possible third-party endorsement for you.

Step 1: You will receive an email from Acclaim.com

You’ll receive an email with Subject “Project Management Institute issued you a new badge”.

This happens indepedent of the communication you receive from PMI.

Accalaim has to get new PMP information and then they will send you the email asking to claim your badge.

Acclaim email

Figure 1: the email you will receive from Acclaim to claim your PMP digital badge

If you don’t receive this email even after about 4 weeks of passing your PMP exam, you can write to their support team from here >> http://support.youracclaim.com

Step 2: Create an account

If this happens to be your very first instance of claiming a badge from Acclaim then you’ll be asked to create a badge. Then onwards you’ll be able to claim (automatically, if you configure that way) from any professional certification agency that has tied up with Acclaim.

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Figure 2: create Acclaim account

Step 3: Claim your PMP digital badge

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Figure 3: flaunt your badge!

Simply click the Accept button on the badge page and you’ll see the above screen.

As you can see, you’ll be able to connect add add your badge to your LinkedIn profile, share on your Twitter and Facebook account, send it as an email to people you wish to, get the URL of badge page to embed in your email.

You can download the code to embed in your blog or website (off topic, I highly recommend you start a blog – it has innumerable benefits in the short and long run).

Step 4: Showcase it on your LinkedIn profile

Since LinkedIn if the professional network of choice for many and is the place where recruiters hang around, let us see how to connect your badge to your LinkedIn profile.

Click on the Connect button you see in the previous step and you’ll see this screen. ‘Share to my newsfeed’ is not a good option because over time it will be buried under other stories. Go ahead and choose ‘Add to my profile’ option.

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Figure 4: steps to add your PMP digital badge to LinkedIn profile

The next step was a wee bit confusing. In the above image, the form you see on the right side is not a real form – it’s just an image of what you will see on LinkedIn page.

You can update your badge details to LinkedIn profile in one of the two ways –

First way, copy Certification name, Certification authority and Certification URL using their respective Copy buttons on to a notepad and click the Next button which will bring out the LinkedIn’s ‘New certification’ entry form.

Second way, open your LinkedIn profile page in a new browser window and click on Certifications option as shown in the image below.

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Figure 5: alternate way, add PMP ditigal badge details using LinkedIn ‘new certification’ form

Now copy-paste Certification name, Certification authority and Certification URL information and Submit.

Your PMP ditigal badge details will be shown on your LinkedIn profile as below.

PMP digital badge on linkedinFigure 6: this is how a visitor to your LinkedIn profile sees your badge

Clicking on the ‘See certificate’ will take you to your PMP badge page on Acclaim platform.

Step 5: Use code to showcase your badge on your blog

This is another thing you can do to flaunt your credential. Simply copy the code from the 5th tab in Step 3 above and paste into your blog’s HTML editor.

This is how a badge integrated into your blog or website will look like. Again, clicking on it will take the user to your badge details page.

Flaunting is just one aspect of your badge.

You can now discover your strong professional traits under 15 minutes! Plus, if you wish you can even showcase them in your LinkedIn profile. Remember, many recruiters look at leadership and other soft-skills while looking for a good fit to their job profile.

How to discover your strong traits and showcase them

Acclaim helps you discover your strong professional traits, and optionally showcase them on your LinkedIn profile. This is a free service offered by SmoothHiring.com (called ClearFit survey) and integrated into Acclaim dashboard.

First, log into your Acclaim account > http://youracclaim.com/ and go to the dashboard.

You’ll see something like this.

clearfit survey

Figure 7: Take the survey to discover your strong personality traits

This 15-minute survey helps you to –
– Compare yourself with jobs
– See your top career personality traits
– Get a career feedback report
– Apply to jobs

They of course understand people’s apprehension about sharing information and show a notice that your information is never sold to advertisers.

It took me about 15-20 minutes to answer a bunch of questions divided into 2 groups –

  1. Work related questions
  2. Non-work, life-skill questions (“would you like to coach a young group on a sport?”)

There are few repetitive questions – mostly to cross-verify answers, I suppose. When you submit the survey, after few moments of analysis you will get a 13-page detailed Career Feedback Report about your strong personality traits!

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Figure 8: either review answers (your first answer tends to be right), and then submit survey

I found this report to be very useful because it explains in detail why you got the rating that you got.

But there is more..guess what..

some more badges!

You will receive emails, one for each of your personality traits that you go ahead and claim (in case you have set up automatic badge claim option on Acclaim dashboard, they should appear directly on your dashboard).

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Figure 9: You’ll receive emails to claim new badges

And the steps to connect them to your LinkedIn profile, share on Twitter and Facebook, send it via email, download the code to embed in your site, or get the URL to add to your email signature – same as that of your PMP badge.

If you just want to know your professional strengths and don’t want to showcase for them on your LI profile, you can stop at the point of claiming them. Then they only appear on your Acclaim badge dashboard.

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Figure 10: all of your badges are shown in the Acclaim dashboard

Each of the personality trait has a bunch of skills. For instance, Stress-Tolerant has the following skills – Confidence, Focus and Resilience.

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Figure 11: each personality trait shows your specific skills

In Summary

You know now why digital badge is the icing on PMP cake.

Acclaim’s badge platform lets you,

  • Claim and showcase your PMP badge on various social profiles and professional communication channels
  • Spy on job market data and understand exactly which company has a job opening that perfectly fits your profile. Moreover, you can filter them based on attributes such as compensation, location, and so on. Wouldn’t it be nice to look at all opportunities and know which company offers you more for the same competency?
  • Understand your unique professional strengths, and tweak your resume to highlight them with the help of specific incidents or accomplishments!
  • Showcase your strengths on LinkedIn and give yourself higher chances to get selected by recruiters

Hope this 2-post series on PMP digital badges has given you enough fillip to go get your PMP and take your career to the next level.

Here’s the first part, in case you missed.

And if you think this article can help someone in your network, please share using social buttons on the left.

I wish you all the success.

Go ace that exam!

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Swaroop started his PMP preparation in the month of October and obtained certificate on 3rd February with 3Ps and 2 MPs on his first attempt. He had a unique approach – he paired up with his friend for PMP exam. They seemed to have had a huge leverage of each other’s time and efforts. In this article, Swaroop lays out the exact step-by-step process they followed to pass PMP exam, along with few PMP exam tips.

Read on..

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When you are in college, you may have enjoyed preparing for exams. You may have even pioneered the art of sitting at length and optimizing the exam time and come up triumphant every time. But once you join a job that ‘skill’ starts waning. After close to a decade now if you have to appear for a full-fledged 4-hour-200-question-exam, well, you certainly remember your college days.

Preparing for PMP exam is one such experience.

What does it take to appear for PMP exam

pmp examClearing exams wasn’t exactly a walk in the park. PMI lays down conditions – in terms of educational qualification and in terms of number of hours of project management experience – to even to be eligible for PMP exam.

Assuming you pass that hurdle, there are 47 processes to understand and related project management concepts, and each process has several Inputs, Tools & techniques, and Outputs. And then depending on how much of project management experience you have, reading PMBOK book could be a pleasant experience or a tough nut to crack.

At times it feels like not having project management experience is a boon while understanding PMBOK guide.

That is because PMI expects you to answer a question based on the ideal strategies as given in PMBOK and not based on how you may have acted in the real world scenario. Therefore, not basing answers purely on your experience would be a favour you would do to yourself.

PMP exam success will depend on your understanding of Project Management guidelines defined in PMBOK, end to end.

The exam is of 4 hours duration, in which you’ll answer 200 questions. Sitting in the exam hall for 4 hours in itself may seem like a big deal answering mostly situational questions.

You will be thrown questions after questions where, to use cricketing analogy, you’ll have to bat plenty of curve balls, bouncers, yorkers, googlies to get certified as a PMP. This is where the mock exams will help you to practice sitting continuously for four hours optimizing the time to answer questions and to really get the grip on different patterns to solve the questions.

Here’s a quick & short guide about PMP exam that you may like to go through first. [click to continue…]

Jerly Thomas used a simple, yet effective PMP study plan to prepare for her exam. She did have a false start like many of us, but having the advantage of planning PMP early in her career, she managed her exam prep with just enough study resources, and with some smart planning. In fact, Jerly completed her exam in just half the allotted time!

In this post she reveals all the techniques she used to ease the difficulty associated with PMP prep. Read on..

pmp study plan

Early Beginning

My PMP journey started in the very first year of my career, when my manager suggested that I attend the 35 hour PMP boot camp organized by the company for its project managers.

pmp jerly thomasI attended the training inspite of not being eligible (I was just few months into my career) just to understand more about PMP exam. The course gave me first insights into what PMP/PMI is and how the certification can help me in my career. I liked the content and realized that it can help me grow as an effective project manager.

As soon as I was eligible for the test I began my PMP preparation. I submitted my application for PMP certification in May 2016. However, my serious preparation for the test began in Jan 2017.

I submitted my application for PMP certification in May 2016. However, my serious preparation for the test began in Jan 2017.

It took 2.5 to 3 months of preparations, wherein the last one month I dedicated to answering mock tests.

I took my PMP test in April 2017 and passed with 3MPs and 2Ps.

Here is how I went about reading the course material. [click to continue…]

This morning I received a mail from one of PMESN readers, KJ.

“.. [can you] please help me with PMP exam preparation or give some pointers. I have other commitments as well [that take up my time]. I need to pass the exam. How do I prepare and by that I am not asking shortcuts, just right guidance.”

She said that she has a limited time to spend towards PMP prep and has a lot of commitments, and she asked me for some pointers that help her pass the exam.

pmp exam prep guide

Now, it was hard for me to put together all that information in one email. So instead, I sent her a bunch of relevant page links, grouped under few buckets so she knows exactly where to look for what information and run with it.

Then it occurred to me that such information to come up with a complete plan by spending just a couple of hours may help many PMP aspirants with similar situation (shorter timeframe and multiple commitments) that are looking for a way out.

In this post I give you 4 stages of PMP preparation.

And all that you need in each of these stages to come up with a solid and simple PMP exam prep plan, resources, tips and techniques to ace your PMP exam.

Spend a couple of hours on these pages and at the end of the session you will have clarity, plan, resources and hopefully, a bit of fillip you need to go get that certificate. These couple of hours may be the best time investment you could make at the beginning of your PMP journey.

These couple of hours may be the best time investment you could do at the beginning of your PMP preparation.

Disclaimer: Some of the links you find here are affiliate links. This means that if you choose to purchase the product using these links I will get a small commission, at no additional cost to you (your purchase price does not change). This commission keeps this blog and other efforts of free PMP education (Fb community, coaching, email support etc) running. However, you are free to go to those sites directly and buy from there. I only recommend them because either I have used these PMP products, or have verified them and believe in the value they provide you in your PMP preparation.

With that said, let’s get started!

We shall see how to achieve PMP credential in 4 stages –

  • Stage 1: Set a solid Foundation
  • Stage 2: Prepare and optimal Study Plan
  • Stage 3: Choose Study Resources that suit YOUR needs
  • Stage 4: Let us experience of successful PMP students refine your Study Approach!

For each of these stages I shall specify exactly what to focus on, and provide with tools and resources to fulfil the aim. At the ene of this exercise you should have pretty much everything you will ever need to prepare for PMP with ease and pass without any stress.

Now, that’s a bold statement.

And the results PMESN readers are getting gives me the confidence in the PMP exam prep guide I am sharing below. And don’t miss the bonus section at the end, it can very well act as an additional dose of motivation!

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Did you know that an astounding 97% of organizations believe project management is critical to business performance and organizational success, according to the report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers?

TechRepublic quotes dice.com report that PMP is the most desired certification with nearly 2,200 requets in job postings on any given day.

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Figure: Job profiles increasingly demand for PMP certification

No wonder many smart recruiters ‘spy’ on potential hires on the Internet and look at their LinkedIn and other social platforms.

The question is,

How do you make your online presence credible and make sure your PMP credential is highlighted with the right people?

Welcome digital badges by PMI.

pmp digital badge

What is a ‘digital badge’?

PMI has begun to give away digital badges to successful candidates through its PMI Certification Digital Badge program.

Well, they themselves are not creating them, but PMI has partnered with a company called Acclaim that manages digital badges. Acclaim is backed by Pearson Education – leader in online education field.

Acclaim issues these digital badges on behalf of organizations that offer certification exams such as PMI, Microsoft, VMWare, Teradata. It then provides the recruiters a way to verify the certification specific information of potential hires.

“What’s in it for me?”

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Often the question that intrigues people that are planning for their PMP exam is: What does it take to get PMP certificate?

In the past few years, I have had the honor of helping over 732 PMP aspirants from around the world, with personal 1-1 coaching. More often than not I am surprised to learn the reasons that are holding them back.

pmp myths

..and strategies to use when you have no clue about the answer (use with caution!)

I myself have been guilty of believing in some of these. These are simply myths and understanding them will make your PMP journey clearer and smoother.

By the way, this probably is going to be an important post you would read about PMP exam, and this is a long one. So cut any distractions, get yourself a cuppa coffee, sit back, relax and let’s get started (and don’t miss the bonus section in the end).

Some of PMP aspirants have taken just 2 weeks to begin the study and pass the exam, and some have taken years before finally appearing for their PMP exam. It took me about 2.5 yrs after ‘deciding’ to take the exam. With some smart planning it is definitely possible to pass PMP within 4-week timeframe.

Building blocks of PMP exam

If one has to understand the basic building blocks of PMP success, there are just two you need to get your PMP certificate –

1. Find your ’emotional’ reason to get PMP

PMP journey can be hard and a long one for many. Based on my interaction with several hundred PMPs I see the main reason for the delay is the lost study momentum. With so much to do on our plate at work, it is natural to drop the lesser priority tasks. And that exactly what PMP turns out to be – lesser priority – when we don’t have a strong reason to get it done.

Tying the need for PMP to an emotional reason is one of the ways to make sure that it gets higher priority. Here’s how to figure out the emotional reason –

Take a pen and paper (you can do this exercise with your spreadsheet program as well). [click to continue…]