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Re: Jobs and Certs

by bwelch (Curate)
on Aug 21, 2007 at 15:09 UTC ( #634104=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Jobs and Certs

In discussions at work about hiring developers, certifications were never considered to be valuable. The general view was that while a certification might mean a candidate was 'book smart', whether they could apply those skills well and build good systems was in question.

Bringing code samples was considered very helpful, as was clear descriptions of systems built with specific technologies. Those descriptions were also very useful in determining breadth of skills with specific languages. Some times a manager wants someone with specific skills to fit a certain role. Other times, they want someone that is more versatile and doesn't mind switching jobs between projects.

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Re^2: Jobs and Certs
by Argel (Prior) on Aug 21, 2007 at 19:15 UTC
    I think the question is how important is certification at large corporations, where candidates have to make it through a non-technical Human Resources layer.

    I have seen where having Cisco certification can help for networking jobs and having SANS certification can help in the security field. And there are also the vendor ones where if your company has X number of certified personnel they get some extra discounts.

    But as far as Perl goes I do not think any certification out there is well known enough or respected enough to matter. If you do want to pursue some certification look for something that compliments your Perl skills.

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