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benefits of certification?

 
John Aiken
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I have been working as a Java Developer for almost 2 years now, I do not have any certifications but plan on taking all 3 certification levels with the next year starting with the SCJP. I just wanted to get some feedback on how much more desirable you become to a potential employer when you have the SCJP?
I consider myself a good Java developer and have successfully executed many projects in lead capacity, however my portrait on paper is quite poor (i.e. lack of formal training) and I want to improve on this aspect. Wanted to know if this was the right direction? Thanks.
 
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Percy Densmore
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The Java Certification is very quickly becoming a prerequisite of both existing and potential programmers working with Java. At an interview, an employer will choose one with a Certificate over one without. With your background you should be able to accomplish that in short order. Also I noticed some here on site say a Certified Developer is worth 10-20% more in salary as well. Check Marcus Green's site on Certification:
http://www.certmag.com/issues/jul00/feature_hecksel-green.cfm
I have a lead for employment but can't land the interview without that piece of paper!
Percy
 
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