Originally posted by Jeff Fisher:
This all sounds perfectly backwards to me. If you're experienced, you don't need a certification to show that you know your stuff - just point to your accomplishments. Answer questions about those accomplishments if people think you might be lying about your experience.
Originally posted by Luke Kolin:
How many years' worth of oxygen someone has managed to consume, what their degree was in 10 years ago or their score on a certification test doesn't really matter, unless my business is in the oxygen consumption or test taking field.
Originally posted by Eric Lemaitre:
Hi Luke & Jeff & Kishore !
This is out of the scope. You are talking about the few clever companies who afford taking time to evaluate personnaly candidates on their real skills beyond their official degrees, but how many do?
Exactly as the best IT pros never use any job board to find a new job for their personal network is far enough, which must be true for 10% people, this kind of behaviour must be true for 10% of companies looking for staff.
but so as to pass the preliminary screening such assets as certification are no negligible option at all, certifications may even be mandatory for the job as a pure official commercial guarantee.
Of course some very scarce companies may rely on your pure real skills, completely ignoring both your degrees and certifications. But if you hold neither BS nor MS you will be wiped out by screening of 90% of all available jobs because BS/MS holders are so numerous, and not holding the most basic SCJP will deny you about one third of all Java jobs still through screening because so many other people have it.
This is to me IMHO the same false statement that "certifications will guarantee you finding a job" but at the opposite "certifications won't help you getting any job".