I recently took the SCJP and passed...although I passed just barely. I hardly thought this was going to be a big deal since Sun doesn't value the actual score enough to print it on the certificate. Sadly, I won't be able to proudly tout the score on my resume but nevertheless I have met the benchmark I set out for.
Recently I was in e-mail correspondence with an employer requesting my score and references. I partially responded with a complete list of references but did not make mention of the score. I thought this was somewhat rude to begin with, and I'm wondering now if the score was more important that I originally gave it merit.
Have other JavaRanchers had similar experiences with employers? Should I just be more open in the first place about my score or perhaps is it worth it to study hard and take the test again for a more illustrious number?
By not providing the score, it might have been interpreted like you did not have the certification. One of the stagnant problems with certain non-regulated certifications are individuals claiming they have them when they don't, and individuals cheating on the exams.
Asking for the score seems kinda silly to me, but recruiters do have a responsibility to verify a candidate's credentials.
Be careful with emails requesting this type of data. Also, don't give out any references until you have had an interview with the employer. There are many unskilled recruiters, perhaps too many poor recruiters, trying to take advantage of individuals seeking employment.
Don't worry about your score. Be diligent about those you "meet" on the Internet, and don't settle for a recruiter that seems untrustworthy or strange.