I’m not old BUT when I was younger I thought it was important to have all the alphabets after my name (I.e. Phr, SHRM and all the others). I learning that the younger crowd coming into the market thrives off these identifiers yet they know very little about the real world aspects of the job. I watch leadership roll their eyes at the email footers. I feel like keeping those attached to my name hurts my credibility so I removed them…. I’m I thinking wrong?

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I think it’s a personal preference. I’ve never seen or heard anyone have a strong POV either way. You do you. Your signature line has virtually nothing to do with the value you bring or your depth of expertise.

I would keep them on there if your experience is able to back it up. I think how you present yourself on your LinkedIn and resume will help to speak volumes to those identifiers.

I put them on my LinkedIn profile but not on the title or in email footers.

I understand the sentiment that some leaders might have about the younger generation putting the letters front and center. However, I feel like you can’t blame the practice. Younger professionals have less years of experience after all, and should draw more attention to other things that are or were in their control (like degrees and certifications).

yeah I feel like it's worth removing them from emails...leave it for LinkedIn personally

Why would you be ashamed of the titles you worked hard on? Include them when you can, only remove them when there's no more space to write on (kidding). On a serious note, I don't think you should get discouraged just because the titles did not speak for other applicants. They are still part of your credibility.

I personally feel as though there are so many with those certifications who don’t even know half as much as some of us without the letters, but full on experience and educational background. I also hate seeing larger companies/brands making it a requirement for positions and completely disregarding real-life, on the job experience, for 10+ years. I’ve purchased the learning system for the SHRM, but between work and family life, I just don’t have the time to review the content and sit for an exam. After work and on the weekends, I am exhausted. I’m not old either, BUT life at this age is truly draining. Lol

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