I have the option to attain a PMP and curious if it will hinder me in a small town hiring population.
The PMP certification is of the traditional waterfall methodology of project management. It gives you a solid grounding in the structure of plan driven projects that have high certainty of deliverables, are highly predictable and have specific timelines. But how many projects do you know of that are delivered on time, on budget and results in the customer getting exactly what they needed? If your answer is 'not many' then consider getting some experience in agile. Today project managers need to be able to be flexible enough to know what kind of methodology fits the project. Is the project predicable, complicated or complex? Will you be iterating on a new product or are you delivering something tried and tested?
A PMP will not hinder you and has been looked upon favorably in previous years, but there are other PM approaches that are getting more use in companies and industries today such as Agile, Scrum, KanBan, Lean and Six Sigma. Agile is no longer only being used in softwarre development, but is cropping up in almost all industries.
Do some research into the industry, company or business you plan on transitioning to. Read articles on how they run their projects. Look at the job postings and focus on key certifications. What skills and certifications are they asking for? Look at the employees of those companies on LinkedIn and see if they have a PMP or something else. This should give you enough information to know what skills will be favorable in the industry and location you are hoping to enter.
All the best!
PMP Certification is the hottest cert in this area. I'm in Charlottesville VA but I am aware of the value of PMP certification along the East Coast. Being certified enables you to choose what field interests you most, because you can apply PMP skills to any field. It's quite valuable. I don't see where being in a small town would make any difference. They need your skills!
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Thank you for your question, and an even bigger thank you for your service. From what I've heard and read, there are incredible benefits to having the PMP certification. I found this question posted to ACP AdvisorNet a few years back that has so much great information about PMP certification and the benefits.
I hope this helps. Best of luck!
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