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Comment Maybe (Score 1) 317

It seriously depends. In my specialty, having the cert is actually the primary method for getting contracts. Most consumers of the technology I work with go directly to the source and use their "find a consultant" feature, which you can only be listed on if you are certified. With that being said, I stopped paying for certs in other things like CC**, MCSE's, etc, many years ago. Never once, have I ever been asked if I was certified in anything by anyone other than some schmuck recruiter fishing for a new resume to shop around. I would say though, there are certain gigs, like the one I am on now, that "require" a cert for this technology, but they've never asked me for it.

Comment Re:Bah (Score 1) 459

And that's the problem. I have been dealing with large organizations for years. I have even been the one to build requirements for a position and submit them to HR for posting. HR will then take those req's, jargon them up so that half the time they don't make sense and then add in their own requirements such as Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field and 10 years experience in X random tech that has nothing to do with the job. I've cursed out HR reps for doing shit like this because they want too much for even entry level positions @ $30k/year. Hell, my 12 year old daughter can do better web design and development than some of the cats coming out of school with "I know Dreamweaver" degrees.

Comment Re:Bah (Score 1) 459

This is a misnomer, in today's markets, it is getting increasingly difficult to land jobs without a college degree. I am highly qualified in my field, I have certifications out the ying yang and I still have trouble landing some contracts purely due to not yet having finished my degree and I've been in the field 15 years.

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