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Will a Linux Certification Help You Get a Linux Job?

Dec 04, 2008, 20:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"HR departments often serve as sieves. Their job is to keep would-be employees without the right skills from taking up a manager's time. To do that efficiently, they rely on quick and easy ways of determining if you have the right skill sets. That's where certifications come in.

"The manager may be impressed by the work you've done on Linux kernel programming, but if HR never sends you to him because they're looking for an LPI, RHCE or NLCE, you're out of luck. There's no use griping about this. It's simply HR performing its job.

"Looking at the broader picture, Thomas Mathiesen, president of the Dutch Linux consulting firm LinProfs said, "My experience is that the market's often looking for RHCE's, and that LPI helps if someone does not have a lot of experience."

"Mathiesen added, "When we hire people, it's a plus if the candidate has a certification, but it's not required. In a decision between candidates, I value experience and knowledge over a certification. I always look for the drive of using open-source and Linux."

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