I noticed a resume come by recently from a person that included their name and email signature like this:
Joe Blow, MCSE, MCSE+I, MCSD, MCT, MCP
For me, this is a little off-putting. Kudos to folks who get certified. Certifications are great for the certifications section on your resume. They shouldn't go in the education section and shouldn't go after your name. I blogged about this three years ago, but I've got my mind around it now.
Folks go to school for 20+ years to put "PhD" after their name. I could go take a cert test now, but should it be displayed so prominently?
I used to chase MS Certs, got a bunch then realized that no one really cares.
What potential employers WANT to see is, do you go from 3 month project to 3 month project? Or are you the kind of person who stays at a job for a few years until you ship v1.0 or v1.5?
People want to know how many successful projects you've been on, not how many tests you can take.
I scored high enough on my high school SATs (like the O-levels for you non-US folks) but do I tell folks? Should I sign emails:
Scott Hanselman, 400 Math, 560 English (not my real score)? ;)
Scott Hanselman, 6 O's, 3 A's (for the UK folks)
Scott Hanselman, 143 IQ (not my real score)? ;)
Wouldn't these indicate to a prospective employer that I'm a decent writer and all-around thinker? Why is it socially inappropriate to publicly tout scores like these, but
If it's silly to suggest putting my SATs on my resume, why is
Scott Hanselman, MCSD, MCT, MCP, MC*.*
reasonable? Just my thinking...when I hire, having a cert means you have a capacity to hold lots of technical stuff in your head. Full stop.
I propose we sign our names like this:
Scott Hanselman, 11 Successful Large Projects, 3 Open Source Applications (it's not a crap idea), 1 Colossal Failure
Wouldn't that be nice? Sign your name, people.