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Role of certifications in Interview calls

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hi guys
I am out of job for a week now, and my effort to secure new assignment, is suffice to say a bad experience. I have been trying to get an Interview for almost 2 weeks now but no luck so far. may be my skills are not "hot" anymore.
I used to work on EJB and JSP.I worked with both websphere and weblogic, although more extensively on websphere. I am an SCJP with 3 yrs of Java experience and a total of 5+ yrs IT excperience.
i was wondering whether i should get certifications and logos on my resume. I was toying with the idea of appearing for IBM certification in Websphere, shouldnt be too difficult as i worked quite extensively on the product for over a year now.
I was wondering what role these certifications play in the recruitment process. do they get us more opportunities, more salaries or do they not matter at all. and if they do matter to what extent ?
i am interested in learning how recruiters work, I mean it stands to reason to assume that a resume with certifications might certainly get a slightly "preferential" treatment than a resume that does not.
Any ideas or inputs from those who are already certified and those who had some experiences with the certifications, and specially from those who are in the process of securing new assignments and their experiences.................

i dont know whether i have expressed myself properly, but the crux of my problem is that i am not getting any interview calls, and that really got me worried. Is the job market that bad ?

[This message has been edited by vithal k (edited July 10, 2001).]
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You really have to be proactive in your search.
Sending resumes over the web, or placing your resume on is really useless in my eyes. You have to cold call, and network to get your foot in the door. You said you have 5 years experience. I dont see how in the world anyone would not want to interview you? I find that to be bizzare. 5 years is really solid, and to be honest right now its impossible for entry level people to get noticed. People with 5 years are in high demand if there is any...and I know companies still want to hire just carefully.
Faisal Dosani
[This message has been edited by Faisal Dosani (edited July 10, 2001).]
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I am not a big believer in putting "pictures/logos" on my resume.
But, ABSOLUTELY list your Sun-Java Certifications under your education. Use: "Sun Certified Java 2 Programmer (SCJP2) - Sun Microsystems" as opposed to just SCJP2. Don't abbreiviate - as some of these dinglehead recruiters out here might not know what you mean.
If you doing a phone interview - you can mention your Sun certifications after your formal education/degrees.
Note: In USA (at least) - Brainbench Certifications don't mean anything at all. DO NOT LIST THEM - PERIOD!!!
And yes, you are going to have to get agressive with your job search, You may have to relocate - but that's the nature of the game. Read the job boards - get leads - send out cover letter/resume (it's ok to use MS-Word for attaching the resume) - and then followup with a phone call (if phone # has been provided).
And YES!!! Java/EJB/XML is being used and WILL CONTINUE TO BE USED in the IT industry.
John Coxey
[This message has been edited by John Coxey (edited July 11, 2001).]
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