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Certification Watch (Vol. 17, No. 18)

News about sound IT hiring practices, buy sale | the global scarcity of Linux expertise, and more.

Find The Right People For Your IT Job

 

Get a jobThere's a big pool of tech workers looking for gainful employment, and one of them is probably the right person for your organization. So how do you figure out who to hire? The topic came up for discussion at CompTIA's ChannelCon event earlier this month, and among the suggestions to arise is the tried-and-true advice about looking before you leap. That is to say, before you take the plunge and vanish into that vast hiring pool, take a moment to be certain you know what you're looking for. One key suggestion is to carefully review the top employees who already work for you. What are they doing or being that's helping your enterprise succeed, and how can you find those same traits and abilities in prospective job candidates? Another good idea: Once you figure out what you're looking for, try to pin down which of those attributes and skills you can teach or develop, and which are most important to find fully formed.

 

BCS To Students: IT Wants You

 

The shortage of tech workers, both now and in the near future, is a subject of ongoing concern for many in the IT world. As tech trends like the Internet of Things continue to gain traction, companies are scouring the globe to find undiscovered pools of potential tech labor. Among the latest organizations to evangelize for IT is the British Computer Society, which is actively recruiting high school and college graduates into IT career paths. Students may not think of tech jobs as being exciting or creatively fulfilling, but BCS executive Adam Tilthorpe said in a press release that those factors make IT attractive. "Serious consideration should be given to this growing sector because it allows individuals to be creative, solve problems and influence change at a scale that very few professions can match," Tilthorpe said. BCS officials also point out that whether or not students have an IT job title, their job is likely to require IT skills — studies indicate that more than three-fourths of all U.K. jobs require some level of computing skill.

 

Write IT Down: Keeping Track Of Your Accomplishments

 

Like people in any profession, IT pros figure out solutions to workplace problems on a daily basis. How frequently, on the other hand, do you take a moment at the end of the week to document what you achieved? Over at Cisco Learning Network, a recent post to the VIP Perspectives blog by Paul Stewart makes the case for keeping track of the details of your best work. In discussing a recent job search process, Stewart writes that he realized he didn't recall the actual nuts and bolts of many of his most impressive workplace achievements — exactly the sort of thing he wished he could point out to potential employers. That's when he realized that, by spending 10-15 minutes a week documenting his workplace successes, he could have shaped a much better picture of what he was really offering with his resume. Stewart's recommendation to one and all: Start now keeping a "project journal" to record your greatest hits (so to speak), and you can make a much stronger case for yourself to potential employers in the future.

 

Where Are All Of The Linux Experts?

 

As noted in a GoCertify news feature at the end of last week, the Linux Foundation has a brand new certification program intended to recruit and train Linux professionals. Now a new report at ReadWrite is making the case that Linux experts may be among the most in-demand professionals in the entire IT industry. There's a fast-growing boom in Linux servers, and Linux already supports much of the ever-expanding internet infrastructure. The ReadWrite piece points to a recent study that finds that 77 percent of IT hiring managers have made "hiring Linux talent" a priority in 2014, while 93 percent are aiming to hire at least one Linux professional in the next six months. So if you're looking for a hot career path, then consider making your next cert a Linux credential.

 

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