Saturday, January 28, 2023

I Cheated on an Exam to Boost My Tech Career: Now Even Though I Work at Salesforce Because of It, I Think It’s Dangerous

This was early in my career That’s when I decided to cheat in order to earn a professional degree.

I grew up in Pakistan and was fascinated by technology since I was in school. Encouraged by my father, I took extracurricular courses and taught myself Java before studying computer science at university.

As a recent graduate, I worked with clients in the United States for technology companies that outsourced software development to us. I did some work using the Salesforce cloud software service, and That’s where I first learned about technical certification “cert”.

Technical certifications are qualifications a worker can earn by taking an exam that theoretically proves they are proficient with a particular software tool. They’re popular with business technology tools across the industry, from Salesforce to Amazon Web Services to ServiceNow.

Tests can cost hundreds of dollars: Salesforce Basic Certification cost half of my monthly salary in Pakistan, I didn’t want to risk failing and paying for it again, so I cheated with “test dump” or test dump in English.

“test dumps” are basically the answers

These are sheets with answers to exam questions that are shared or sold on the Internet by other professionals in this field. After a friend told me about them, I was able to easily find relevant “dumps” online with a quick Google search. They were basically the exact questions that came in the exam.

I don’t know if I would have passed without them.

When I started looking for new roles, the “certification” gave me an advantage, as it showed that I had worked with Salesforce for some time. It is very important to have certifications when working with Salesforce tools.: If you have the proper certification, then there are very high chances of you getting the interview or getting the call.

It was equally helpful after moving to the US and trying to find a new job.

now i realize they are harmful

Despite having benefited from test dumps, I no longer use them. I am worried about its effect. They devalue genuine certificates People have invested a lot of time and money in getting and companies trust them less. That being said certifications don’t automatically get you a job and it shows in an interview if someone doesn’t know what they are doing.

They are more worrisome when combined with other fraudulent professional practices. Some candidates falsify their experience on their resume, or even hire someone else to interview for them, using fraudulently obtained certifications as part of it.

Salesforce and other companies offering certification must do more to prevent fraud, At least, they should have a bigger question bank and recycle old questions less frequently. Test dumps are still available today, especially for the more basic certifications.

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I once taught a computer science class to over 20 students and realized that one of them had accidentally stumbled upon one by googling the practice questions and unknowingly sharing it with other students.

I think so are especially widespread among foreign students in the United States, who are under great pressure after graduation to get a job in the United States because of their visa status. They can’t even offer a temporary job: they have to find a job in their field, and they have to get it within 3 months.

I advise people to do well in certification exams

If you fail, you can study the topics you didn’t know and you’ll be ready for the next time. Since questions are reused, taking the test will give you a very clear idea of ​​what questions will come next time.

Since then I have earned over half a dozen valid technical certifications and worked for a large US tech company. I would not like to partially re-use the test dump They made me feel less confident and made getting certified look like a minor achievement.,

I’m in a WhatsApp group for employees who use Salesforce, and members freely share a link to a public Google Drive folder full of exam dumps. Many of them are from 2022, including the dump for “Certificates”, which I don’t have yet.

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