"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
"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
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