I have a couple of years of experience with SQL Server, mostly basic tasks of writing queries and stored procedures, but have not been employed for a number of years (getting my masters in a totally unrelated field). I've been applying for months and no prospects yet as it seems most companies are worried about the gap in my employment. Do you think it would be worthwhile to get a SQL certification? I'd really appreciate your insights since I truly don't know what to do. Thanks!
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Certification is just a add on value. However, you need to have good working knowledge of the area that you are intending to get certification for. Otherwise, it may work against you.
For MS SQL server, you may proceed with the following certifications in 2008/2012.
It may be worthwhile gaining a certification if you feel it would allow you to be more confident in your knowledge and skill level of SQL. It may also be a good idea as you would probably learn new things, get some practice and it would show employers that you have addressed the gap in your experience by getting a certification.
In my opinion, if you already have knowledge of how to write queries and stored procedures, it probably wouldn't take you long to get back into it and learn as you go along if you were working on a project.