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How to make profile (Resume) valuable

 
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Hello,

I am Software Engineer, have done Java certifications (SCJA, SCJP, SCWCD) with 95+%.
Also doing few finance certifications (of National Stock Exchange, India but I have never worked on financial domain).

Actually I have not got good opportunity in my current company and there are no chances. I will complete 2 years in few months and planning to leave for good opportunities. Unfortunately I have only done 1 moderate project till now (few months in training, few months bench).

So I want to know what I can do to make my profile strong. Let me know things which I can do irrespective of work/opportunity company gives me because that is not in my hand.

Also is doing finance certs has value, I am doing NCFM (NSE Certificate, National Stock Exchange). I may want to try my luck in finance domain if get chance.

Please let me know what can I do from my side to make profile strong, also what interviewer gives importance to when reviewing profile.
 
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You may also consider Chartered financial analyst programme http://www.cfainstitute.org/ .I am planning to do it.
 
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The CFA won't give you any advantage in programming. While if you wish to work in a particular domain, it's helpful to gain domain knowledge, the CFA is likely overkill for development work, even in finance--that is to say you can get a better bang for your buck picking up finance knowledge through other means.

I'd recommend some classes on negotiation, public speaking, writing, meeting facilitation. Less than 1% of developers have things like this on their resume. Additionally you'll really stand out during your interview. Most importantly your resume will be very powerful given the likely success you'll have using this knowledge. I am positive it will help you more than yet another technical certification.

--Mark
 
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I looked into the CFA and it is a very hard and rigorous program. Unless you have a masters in business you would fair much better to take your series 7 exam. CFA has 3 exams and it takes years to get through all of them. If this is what you want, however, becoming a CFA will lead to much larger $$$'s than programming. Mid and senior level CFA's make 300K+ a year.
 
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I say make a decision. Programming or your investiment certs. mixing the two will only confuse your perspective manager.

What do you really want to do
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