posted 11 years ago
I've found that interviewers are very interested to hear about what certifications you have obtained, especially for entry level professionals. But I do have to admit, I haven't witnessed one employer who preferred a certification over real-world experience. Having both is the best option, but if you have no real-world experience, the next best thing to do is get certified. At least you can say "I've never worked with it on a real project, but Sun says I know this technology well".