RE: RHCE and other certs?
- From: Terry Zink <tzink@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 13:38:48 -0400
Vendor certs will always help more than non vendor certs. They are known organizations and being recognized by them stands out. Remember, the average recruiter is generally not a technical person that uses those skills. The recruiter that selects your resume just knows the buzzwords to look for. I can guess that the average response might be.
"oh.. LPI certified.. hrm... interesting... OH hey this guy has his RHCE, he's redhat certified I know them."
Still the more things you list on your resume, the better.
Buzzwords. Yay for being your own personal sales person.
(This is not to say that a resume should not have technical information as well, but you need to cater to both the technical readers and non technical readers.)
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Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 1:33 PM
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Subject: Re: RHCE and other certs?
On 4/17/07, Evan Klitzke <evan-lists@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
... The RHCE material looks a bit more advanced,
but I still know a good deal of it, and if I studied I could get one
before I graduate (next year). That being said, both exams are fairly
costly for a student: LPI-2 would be four $150 exams, and the RHCE exam
is $750. Additionally, I'd have to take the RHCE exam again anyway
(albeit at a lower price) in a few years anyway to keep the
One point of clarification here, the RHCE certification doesn't go
away but it does stop being considered "current" after two major
releases. This is pretty reasonable since two major releases of RHEL
encompass substantial changes.
My question is: how valuable do you think that these kinds of
certifications are? I feel like getting them might prove to employers
that I might not be as green as I appear, when it becomes time to go job
hunting. On the other hand, there doesn't seem to be a lot of demand for
these certifications, and my impression is that very few people actually
get them. Are these certifications important, or are they just skipped
over on resumes?
It seems fairly common in my part of the world for the RHCE to help
some on a resume. I don't know anyone who cares about the LPI or
pencil and paper certs. When it is time to interview 3 people for a
job and you have 20 to choose from anything that makes you stand apart
helps in the weeding out process. With jobs related to free software,
even being a sysadmin at a site that uses free software, it is also
helpful to getting noticed if you have actively contributed in some
way in your hobby time. Having a linkage between what you enjoy doing
for fun and what you are trying to do for work is a good thing too.
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