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Theorical knowledge on resume: how to quantify?

 
H Paul
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Should we put knowledge learned thru books on resume?
Let's say I play with SOAP - Metro JAX-WS and Rest - Jersey JAX-RS.

If I put on my resume, is this misleading for the recruiters?
When they ask for how many years for such skills or API, what is the reasonable answer?

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Simple. You tell the truth.

If you lie, the likelihood is the recruiter will follow that question up with a question about SOAP/REST that someone with X years experience would be expected to answer (X being the number of years you claim to have). You get the answer wrong and the recruiter now knows you lied about your level of experience.
 
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This is for the sake of understanding within the context of Ethical issue:

If I answered correctly the question, am I still lying? I would say Yes.

But now, it means you would never get a job with 0 years real experience on any skill unless you count on the recruiter's consideration. Is this the only hope we have?
 
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There is no harm in stating what knowledge you have picked up through reading but it shouldn't count as years experience.

The fact that you are taking the time (your own time) to learn new skills will go down well with the recruiter.

However, if the recruiter discovers you have lied, you can kiss the job goodbye. Always best to be honest, it is what decent companies will look out for.
 
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