Scott Hanselman wrote about being put off by a resume submission with this sort of e-mail signature: Joe Blow, MCSE, MCSE+I, MCSD, MCT, MCP. He jokingly (?) proposed that we sign our names with something a bit more useful: Scott Hanselman, 11 Successful Large Projects, 3 Open Source Applications, 1 Collossal Failure.
Yep, I'm with you. I've got an MCSD, but you won't find that anywhere online.1
Cert's don't answer most of my questions as a resume reviewer:
- Are you a job hopper?
- Do you have a record of actually shipping code? Version 1.1? Version 2.0?
- Have you maintained production applications?
- What's your work ethic?
- Are you a self starter? Can you pick up new technologies quickly?
- Do you just learn what you have to in order to get by, or are you pushing yourself?
Let's go beyond certifications - resumes fail pretty badly here, too. They take a long time to review, and they haven't really helped me find good candidates in the past. Oddly enough, many of these things ARE answered by including a weblog link after a signature. A technical blog is a much better reference than a list of certs, buzzwords, or even a long job history.
Applying for a job? Skip the cert list, skip the buzzwords, and skip the worthless resume. Name and weblog only, please!
1Oops, except now. Backspace backspace backspace...