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    Payne
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    This all sounds great, but will this really help me find a good job?  I am back in school to finish my degree in business after being self-employed.  Would this certification make more valuable and if so, how much.  I thank anyone in advance for responding.

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    #93046

    Darth
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    As we are fond of saying, “It Depends”.  Since many organizations have already become involved in SS and many more are continuing to become involved, having a SS certification already on the resume might be useful.  But it depends on the type of industry, type of organization, size of organization and particular field of work.  If you have the time and resources, it is a useful endeavor for at least the near future.
    Of course it will not guarantee you a good job but maybe give you a leg up on someone else who is applying without the credential.  How much will it impact your compensation is unknown.  Will it be your major career path or an addition to what you do?  You can check the job postings on isixsigma or Monster to get an idea what Black Belts and Master Black Belts are earning.  A Green Belt certfication will likely be viewed as “that’s nice” with the hiring decision based on your work experience and accomplishments.  All things being equal, an organization deep into SS might give you the nudge over someone without the GB certification.  Hope this helps clarify your thoughts.

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    #93476

    Broomfield
    Participant

    I agree it is a nice to have – the thing a good belt program will do for you is provide business application for many of the skills you will develop at the University.  I think the real learning occurs in driving projects to completion so look for a traing oportunity that requires you to work a process to completion.

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    #93483

    Susane
    Member

    I guess I am going to be a bit more bold and say that YES I do think Six Sigma will make you more marketable.  This of course is just my opinion based on experience.  I do agree that many organizations are implementing/deploying SS.  However, if they are not finding their talent internally and SS is becoming a culture within their company I feel they would welcome someone who has experience.  In addition, the training you receive in one place may not be what is received in another and you may bring news ideas to the table.
    Each company certifies their SS belts (green, black and master) a bit differently so don’t be fooled that if you have had some training that it is the same.  This is where I do agree that depends on the type of industry and or organization.  For instance, I have an MBA and a SS Black Belt certification from the aerospace industry.  I recently applied for a new position in a different industry just this past May.  I was told it was my SS Black Belt experience that won me the job.  Once you know the philosophy and tools of Six Sigma you can virturally apply them anywhere.
    I also agree you should look at the job postings on iSixSigma and Monster.com.  They are plenty out there which says something.  Bottomline, I do feel SS experience does make you more marketable, besides what does it hurt to learn something new?

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    #93484

    Susane
    Member

    Alan is right.  The experience is just as equally important as the training.  You always want to show on your resume your accomplishments and you can show what you have helped save the company is $$’s with SS.

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    #93493

    Heebeegeebee BB
    Participant

    In my experience, yes.
    It definitely is your ticket to the dance.
    -Heebee

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    #93495

    Tim
    Member

    Hi Kelly,
    It completely depends on you. It’s not going to “help you find a good job” but it will appeal to companies who are forward-thinking in process management and process improvement. For someone or one of these companies, the certification shows initiative on your part. If you have tons of other “initiative” on your resume, then perhaps it’s not the best way for you to go if you’re not really interested in it. Just a thought.
    Tim

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    #93496

    Heebeegeebee BB
    Participant

    Tim,
    I was relating my personal experience to the original poster.   I was able to utilize my Six Sigma experience and project results to open doors.   Once in, I had to demonstrate proficiency.
    -Heebee

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    #93498

    SSS
    Member

    Hi Kelly,
    I agree with other forum members that Six Sigma certification will not help you find a job. However, Six Sigma will greatly enhance your ability to think, process information, ask the right questions based on data and science and understand critical performance issues and profit/customer drivers in a company. Moreover, Six Sigma will help you conduct a much efficient research study on your targeted company.  Six Sigma could help you conduct a much efficient interview with a potential employee since you’ll be speaking the language of facts, data & leadership.
    If  you wanted to get a job in Six Sigma as Black Belt, Green Belt or Yellow Belt, however, then I think employers would look at the following factors to offering you a job:
    1)  “Significant” financial & customer impact driving Six Sigma projects;
    2) Strong leadership abilities combined with analytical, presentation, problem solving, communicaitons, change leadership skills;
    3) Some employers (particularly those who are driven by Six Sigma or are sigmatized) would look at your certification and the criteria for certification… Some employers look for a min of # of cross-functional projects completed within a specific timeframe driving a min of financial benefit.
    Hope this helps :)

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    #93501

    Bob Peterson
    Participant

    I might add one proviso – like almost everything else in life, having done something with what you have (or know in this instance) is more persuasive than simply having it.  Should you choose to take the effort, be looking for opportunities to apply your newly acquired education to your surrounding situation.  Nothing breeds success like success.
    Bob Peterson
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