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Spring Professional Certification. Is it worth it for Experienced Professionals?

dass khands
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Joined: Aug 21, 2014
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Hi,

I have almost 9 yrs of experience in Java / J2EE technologies. Out of which I would have had worked on Spring framework for almost 3 years. I am planning to take the SpringSource Certified Spring Professional certification. Is it going to add any value to my resume?

Note: I took break from my job for about an year and planning to come back to industry. So my target is to stand out my resume in the crowd.

Please reply.

Thanks
dasskhands
Jayesh A Lalwani
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It can be worth it so you can put it on your résumé. Most recruiters don't understand technology and have no idea that you know what you claim to know. When you put a certification in your résumé, you are basically telling the recruiter that you really know what you know. They feel safer passing n your résumé to the client. However, the certification won't help much in the interview. In the interview, it's about what you actually know.
dass khands
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Joined: Aug 21, 2014
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Thanks for your reply Jayesh. I spoke to many people about it and some suggested that it may be of value for Junior developer but will not add anything for a senior developer like me.
But I think I will go ahead with this. I am targeting a job in Australia as I am a PR holder. MArket is not as great in Australia as it used to be and i have a very BIG negative point as I was on break for almost an year. Any other certifications you can suggest considering today's market?
Jayesh A Lalwani
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I can't speak for Australia. It all depends on supply and demand. If there is a huge demand for programmers, recruiters will lap people up. If there is a huge supply, recruiters can be picky, and then things like certification help your resume stand out. If you have the time., money and patience to go for more certification, and are trying to find what other certifications to do, find which technologies are in demand. Usually, job board websites like Indeed and Monster let you plugin keywords, and they will return jobs that match the keywords. You run queries on those job boards to get an idea of how hot various technologies are. If you are targeting a particular location, or industry, the job boards will allow you to put the location/industry in the query. I don;t know what's a good job board website for AUstralia. You might have to ask around

Or, if you are going to AUstralia through a headhunter, you can ask them what kind of technologies are their clients looking for. Depending on various factors, they might be able to give you some advise.
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Taking the Spring certification requires taking the Spring class. Which is a waste of money if you already know Spring. I think you could better spend that time/money learning other things.


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