Does a CMP Help Get You Hired?

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We asked our editorial advisory board how important having a CMP was in the hiring process.

More than 11,000 meeting professionals have earned their CMP designations from the Events Industry Council.

In a 2016 survey by the Professional Convention Management Association, respondents with a CMP earned on average $8,500 a year more than their counterparts: $85,052 vs. $76,518. But how important is having a CMP when planners are going through the hiring process? We asked 5 senior-level corporate planners on our meeting planner advisory board for their perspectives.

Mike Burke, CMP, director of conference & travel services, The Hanover Insurance Group:“The CMP is important for a senior conference & travel specialist position but we wouldn’t require it for an entry-level planner, although it would be incorporated into their goals to achieve within a fixed amount of time. We would also pay for them to get it and provide additional compensation once it is obtained.”

Shirley Kuhioie, director of global meeting services, Oracle: “It all depends on the experience of the applicant. If they have 10 to 20 years of experience and great references, then the CMP is not of critical importance to me. If they have minimal experience but have the other required skills (organization, detail oriented, persistent, gutsy and personable), then I would want the CMP certificate to accompany that.”

Patricia Kerr, CMP, AVP, meeting & event management, Nationwide: “I have two senior roles where a CMP is mandatory. It indicates a long-term commitment and passion for the industry.”

Pamela Wynne, HMCC, CMM, CMP, senior account manager, Ashfield Meetings & Events: “I like to see the industry certifications for a few reasons. It shows dedication to the industry and a personal drive in the individual, it tells me they have studied and have a common body of knowledge of our industry and it brings credibility to that individual, which my organization can then use and promote to our clients.”

Cecile Mutch, GLP, GTP, senior director, corporate services, Kellogg Company: “Going forward, if I ever have to replace a planner I would require him or her to be a CMP.”

For more information on the CMP, visit the Convention Industry Council web site.

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.