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Re: [ljc] Java experrience

From: robert a.
Sent on: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 4:24 PM
Many large companies do use certification to filter a large list of candidates. This is because it's much easier for a non-technical member of HR to perform this rather than actually understand the CV (I'm not defending this practice just acknowledging it). This seems to be even more prevalent in the Microsoft and networking technology world. Many large companies also give Java/C# tests to filter candidates before interviewing them. These tests are often very similar to the certification exams so being able to pass them is good practice.

They are much less important once you've gained some experience (I last took a Java certification exam in 2001 and it expired a long time ago) but it might help for your first job. You could try contacting some of the large consulting/outsourcing companies and asking them what they look for for entry level positions.

On Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM, Trisha <[address removed]> wrote:
Certifications are not a good way to learn the language.  They are adequate for consolidating your knowledge, and certainly for exposing (to yourself) any gaps you might have.

Some employers like them, many don't consider them as valuable at all.  My opinion is save yourself the cash and the time and follow some of the other suggestions (and I have two certifications myself - they were only useful to me, not towards me getting a job).

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