With the advent of Human Resource systems, résumés submitted to companies no longer fill the email inbox of someone in HR. Instead, résumés get dumped into an HR system. The easiest way for a Hiring Manager to search for and screen out resumes for Project Managers is to search by keyword. Many times, that keyword is “PMP”. If you do not have these letters on your resume, it’s likely your resume will never be found. Will having the PMP designation get you the job? No. But it will increase your chances of getting an interview; and in a sea of Project Management candidates, it helps you stand out. Further, research shows Project Managers with their PMP earn, on average, 17% more annually than their colleagues who do not have their PMP. There is really no excuse not to get it.