I’m starting off my Today I Learned series with something I didn’t actually learn today. Fantastic start…
We’re looking for database engineers (check out the posting if you’re interested!). Today I reviewed one candidate’s resume, and I noticed “SQL Server 2003” on it.
There is no SQL Server 2003. SQL Server 2003 was a pirated copy of SQL Server 2000 with a different splash screen. If you put knowledge of SQL Server 2003 on your resume, you are telling me one of four things:
- You worked at a company which used pirated software. Furthermore, you either didn’t know or didn’t care, neither of which is the type of thing you want to broadcast during an interview for a job focused around that product.
- You have confused SQL Server versions with Windows Server versions.
- You are grabbing bad information from the Internet and passing it off as your own experience.
- You aren’t proofreading your resume.
In short, if you put SQL Server 2003 on your resume, it is a negative signal. I’ll bring it up during the interview, just in case some unscrupulous recruiter “fixed up” your resume, but if you’re the one who put it in there, that’s a huge black mark in my book.