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Formal way to state the pending certifications

Harshana Dias
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Hi Mates,

What is the professional way to state a pending certification in the cv, which i haven't earned yet but which i am preparing to do. Is it like for example OCJP (Reading) or what?

Jeanne Boyarsky
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"studying for XXX"? What are you trying to convey? That you are focusing on learning a technology?


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Harshana Dias
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:"studying for XXX"? What are you trying to convey? That you are focusing on learning a technology?


Yes. kind of get know the recruiter that i will qualify this exam in near future. Also to mentioned implicitly by though i didn't take the exam yet, i have the knowledge of the content in that course since im preparing for the exam currently. I mean in a formal way is it appropriate to state like that in a cv or is it not professional if i state like that?
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Harshana Dias wrote:
Yes. kind of get know the recruiter that i will qualify this exam in near future. Also to mentioned implicitly by though i didn't take the exam yet, i have the knowledge of the content in that course since im preparing for the exam currently. I mean in a formal way is it appropriate to state like that in a cv or is it not professional if i state like that?


Don't know about professional or not -- but I have never seen this for a certification, although I have seen it in regards to a PhD (ie. PhD candidate title). And quite frankly, it feel a little bit awkward to me.

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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Harshana Dias wrote:Yes. kind of get know the recruiter that i will qualify this exam in near future.

The recruiter doesn't know that. You could study, not understand anything and fail.

Harshana Dias wrote: I mean in a formal way is it appropriate to state like that in a cv or is it not professional if i state like that?

Like Henry, I've never seen it before. I don't think it creates any harm, but I also don't think it adds much value. Luckily this will be a short lived problem as you are planning to take the exam.
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I mean in a formal way is it appropriate to state like that in a cv or is it not professional if i state like that?


The problem is, you are trying to add value to your CV from an event that you expect to happen pretty soon. I assume you are doing this because your interview predates the exam. I have to agree with Jeanne here. You can mention it on your resume, but it does not add any significant value.


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Jimmy Clark
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An example resume entry for a pending certification would be:


CERTIFICATIONS

Candidate for Oracle Certified Java Programmer (OCJP), (Oracle Corporation, September, 2012)
 
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