Recently, I added my professional credentials to my e-mail signature. This was at the suggestion of a senior person at my organization (my level +5) who said that by not including the credentials (that he and I shared), I was short-selling myself. My credentials are valid, industry-relevant and earned over several years of post-college work. This is not a case of claiming lots of letters for a weekend course. For clarity: I would consider professional credentials like MBA, P.Eng, LLB, CPA, PMP, CFA and similar, and list one or two most relevant.
I was wary to do so because it felt like hubris, or bragging (all CAPS bold). Something to include on the resume, but in day-to-day it may be received as snobbery - alienating others. I hope that they establish credibility WITH others, and my fear they are perceived as putting yourself ABOVE others....
My question to the group is:
- How do you receive a signature line tagged with degrees, professional and otherwise?
- Where do they belong? Resume only, e-mail Signature lines, job applications, interviews