<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by erpqatester: How important are Certifications when looking for your next gig? Do you see them as being useful?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
For me, they are not really useful or not-useful. I have not yet run into a situation where, after making a pitch, someone said: "Well, we would like to hire you for this contract but you just do not have the certifications." So, speaking for me personally, lacking them has not been a hindrance at all.
However, I also know that some places really do like to see that you were certified in some fashion and, in that sense, it can be very useful to people overall. And I am saying this regardless of how beneficial or not the overall certification process is to you personally in terms of knowledge. Sometimes the process may not do much for you in terms of your knowledge increase, but will do a lot in terms of you getting contracts or positions with a company. So "useful" can depend on context.
I've actually found the opposite in my job searches that Jeff has.
And maybe the queries re; my certifications were simply polite rejections.
I like to think that I interview well, but I have indeed been asked what certificates and training I have received. And I've found out later that sometimes the main reason given for my not getting a position was because I did not possess a certification for a certain process or tool. (ISO 9000, WinRunner, etc.)
Since I am a contractor, my resume is my guarantee of employment so the more industry training and certifications I have, the more interviews I may be more likely to get, especially in this tight economy. They do help put the "buzz words" on my resume truthfully.
And personally, working with the groups who do the certifications, I think I am better able to keep up with my craft and with my peers making me a better QA professional simply because that's what I want to do.
There are no failures.
There are only extended learning opportunities.