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Are You “D.E.P.P.” Certified?

Have you earned your DEPP™?

I have read enough LinkedIn profiles and resumes to realize that adjectives have taken over. There is an adjective-based claim that many people are making that I believe needs some sort of certification. It seems there are growing numbers of DEPPs in every profession.

Dedicated, Engaged, Passionate Professional.

All I need to do is find a way to certify those qualities and I’ve got myself a business model where you pay me to add the acronym to your credentials. The market is huge – every profession seems to have self-proclaimed DEPPs. They are literally everywhere. But are they certified DEPPs? How can you be sure?

The demand side is strong.  I can’t think of any discussions I’ve had with a hiring manager where some combination of these hasn’t come up.  It would be so much simpler to be able to check off the box for “DEPP™ Certification”. If you don’t have your DEPP™, you may as well not apply.

The road to earning DEPP™ certification doesn’t need to be too hard, and there could even be a secondary market for DEPP™ Prep.  The initial fee will need to cover some costs of the certification process, and need to be substantial enough to prove the Dedication element. “Well, he is dedicated. He spent the big money on getting his DEPP™”.

The biggest problem I see is the Engaged qualifier. Engaged with what? Your employer’s goals? Then what are you doing looking for other work?  Maybe it’s about being engaged with the profession. That’s probably self-evident in that you continue to work or seek work in that profession. Perhaps it’s the same as Dedicated. Maybe I should simplify this to DPP or EPP.

For all of you who have PHR, SPHR, of any of the other xxHR credentials out there, this post is not meant to poke at genuine credentials. I know enough about what you have done to earn those and why you have done it to have great respect for your achievement and your dedication to your continuing education. Certification is important, real, and has a value. Heck, I may just proclaim that all SPHR holders are automatically fully certified as DEPP™. Though to receive your DEPP™ certificate and be registered on the DEPP™ website may require that you pay a small fee.

What I am trying to say is that we are so over-marketing ourselves these days. Every time I check Twitter followers I am amazed at how many adjectives can be used to describe one’s connection to their work. And how meaningless those have become – to me anyway. I read them and think “Yeah, yeah, that’s how you see yourself, but what can you DO?”

Hey recruiters – does anyone search for those words? Is there an algorithm to remove them and see what the resume really says?

I know that we are all trying to be seen. We market ourselves and try and make our packaging stand out. Or stand out for the right reasons. It was suggested to me that I remove the phrase “Over 25 years in manufacturing” from my profile, as it says more about age than it does about meaningful capabilities. I totally agree that I should have a better focus on my capabilities. If my age is an issue for someone, then they should just pass me by. I don’t intend to enlighten you over short-sightedness. .

By the way, I’ll give you “D” and “E” credits for leaving a comment. Dedicated, because you are obviously reading quality HR content to broaden your knowledge of the field, and Engaged because, well, you left a comment! You’ll be well on your way to earning your DEPP™.

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4 thoughts on “Are You “D.E.P.P.” Certified?

  1. Tim – I love this !! I agree that we need more D.E.P.P. Certified people who live out how they describe themselves. I know there are many that do, and I dig the encouragement you’re giving others to do so. Great post my friend !!

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