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reality of today's unemployment situation
isn't simply the number of people who are
unemployed; it's also the many who are
underemployed. That's something Becky
Hartman didn't want to do -- "settle" for a
position in her job search. Instead, she
decided to make herself more marketable by
pursuing her PMP® certification.
about getting my PMP®
certification for about five years and knew
in the current economy, not having a college
degree meant I needed verification of my
Project Management skills to be recognized
as a professional," Becky explains. Her
experience is in the health care industry in
St. Petersburg, Fla., along with support and
IT included in her background.
Becky was in
the process of taking another online PMP®
exam-prep course when she found Cheetah's
Exam Prep® for the PMP®
exam online class. "Needless to say, I did
not go on to do the second part of that
course. It was nothing close to what Cheetah
provided in any way."
Becky knew she
needed help to pass the PMP® exam
but also knew a five-day boot camp would not
work for her. "Cheetah's very
unique approach, support model and guarantee
really convinced me this course had been
well thought out and developed," she
explains. "The pre-class assistance to get
my hours documented was really outstanding.
This part of the process was just as
daunting to me as the test itself."
four-week online exam-prep class offered
Becky the chance to learn the information at
a comfortable pace. "The course was
interactive with a holistic approach to
learning the information and providing
feedback -- lots of it in my case. I asked
my instructor Norma Ribich for a lot of
support, and she gave it to me. This gave my
brain every opportunity to learn
the information, not just remember it."
sessions helped Becky reinforce what she'd
read and mind-mapped in the chapter, and she
found it very helpful to be able to complete
an entire lesson all at once. Becky's
biggest challenge was being confident about
learning all the information, but she was
able to master that.
to the Cheetah process 100%," she advises
others. "This is your best chance to learn
the material and interact with a PMP®
professional while still having the
convenience of planning your study time."
Now, with the
PMP® designation after her name,
Becky is finding responses to be quite
different during her job search. Over the
past six months, she had hardly any hits on
her resume and found recruiters to be luke-warm
about her prospects. "Once I had my PMP®
certification and sent e-mails updating
those recruiters, every single one of them
called to congratulate me and showed more
interest in my resume than they had before.
It's still slow, but there is a different
level of respect when I communicate with
them now. I'm more confident and am looking
at the types of positions I want to
interview for not just those that would
accept my work experience."
At a recent
Suncoast PMI® Chapter Board of
Directors meeting where she was asked to
take the Director of Programs position,
Becky couldn't resist talking about her
experience with Cheetah's online PMP®
exam-prep course. "I found myself gushing
about the positive experience it had been. I
feel like a cheerleader, but I cannot say
enough good things about Cheetah."
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