The only clear benefit to my resume of taking the SCJP certification is that it would show that I take initiative.
I want you guys to discuss what in your opinions are some angles that someone could "sell" their SCJP certification?
To be blunt, in an interview, you don't "sell" the certification, you "sell" yourself. The interview is about what you know, what you think, how you approach a problem, what you consider important, etc. etc.
The talented can acquire the knowledge. The untalented will remain untalented
Tom Schindler wrote:
While I understand that the point you are trying to make with this comment is that you would prioritize a job candidate's ability to learn over their existing knowledge when making a long term hire, this comment just kind of rubs me the wrong way. When I think of how you say the "talented" and the "untalented" it brings up images of the Morlocks and the Eloi from H.G. Wells book, "The Time Machine." Tom Friedman wrote in his book "The World is Flat" that in the new age that PQ + CQ > IQ, or that a person's Passion Quotient (PQ) and Curiosity Quotient (CQ) are ultimately more important than their Intelligence Quotient (IQ). I know that you probably were referring to much more than the person's IQ when you said "talented" and I apologize for even mentioning anything, but it just always sticks in my craw when people try to define others by their IQ.
I am sorry to put you in a weird spot there. I completely agree with your last post. I believe I am just a little sensitive right now to that sort of thing. I am right out of school and just kind of down on my luck with the job situation. It seems like a bunch of jerks that I went to school with are sitting pretty with their cush jobs right now. Therefore, it is not a stretch for me to start making generalizations about what is valued in the real world.
@ A Shehadi hats off to you.
Really a very very good post. well some how my condition is also same. there are lots of people around me like that. But sometime i really feel very special because of my hard work. Thanks For your good post.
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LOL Yesterday i posted this..
And Today I got Job as Product Development Engineer.