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Linux Certifications

On 01/27/2010 12:46 AM, Ben Eisenbraun wrote:

> Why would you want to work at a place that valued certifications?  That
> would mean either the IT manager is someone who valued the certifications
> or the HR group was able to impose their requirements on IT hiring
> practices.
> In the first case, you and all your co-workers would be selected for the
> letters you have collected, and there's a 97% chance that it's going to be
> a shitty place to work.

My experience with a certification was pretty positive.

In the 1990s, when I left a VAX/VMS job after ten years, I took a Unix 
training program through BU and applied for a sys-admin job at a 
research company.

That certification got my resume passed through HR to the hiring 
manager, who gave me a phone interview, and then an in-person one.   And 
I worked there for 13 years, in a good company with low turnover.

Bottom line: just because HR is somewhat bureaucratic, that doesn't 
imply that the company stinks.


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