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5 Reasons Security Certifications Matter
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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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2/26/2014 | 3:48:34 PM
Brownie points
The point re getting ignored by automated tools that are eliminating resumes based on certification keywords is important. How do you get around that with security certs? This is one area where hiring managers can and will be picky.

Also noted: Mark likes Caddyshack. Did you spot the reference?
Mark Aiello
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Mark Aiello,
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2/26/2014 | 6:09:55 PM
Re: Brownie points
Hi Laurianne...I also like Fast Times at Ridgemont High

 
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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2/27/2014 | 10:11:00 AM
Re: Brownie points
Do you see any generational divide in terms of thinking certs matter? Are younger IT pros more or less likely to be the ones seeing certifications as outdated?

Of course, it's likely that the longer you have been in a field, the more likely you've had time to get some certifications, so I'm not talking about a divide in who HAS them. I'm talking about perception.
Mark Aiello
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Mark Aiello,
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2/27/2014 | 11:49:19 AM
Re: Brownie points
Hi Lorna,

It has not been my experience that Certs are perceived as being outdated. Occasionally a NASCAR looking resume with a long list of Certs will be perceived and dismissed as someone who has just passed a lot of exams. More times than not it significantly enhances the perception of someone's competency.



 
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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2/27/2014 | 3:51:27 PM
Re: Brownie points
That's a good point to make re: long list of certs. Hiring managers I've spoken to tend to agree that while some certs are necessary and valuable, experience you have in the technology trumps it all.
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yslew,
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3/16/2014 | 4:06:55 PM
Re: Brownie points
Interesting and valid from HR PoV and for fed/gov't projects.
J_Brandt
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J_Brandt,
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3/31/2014 | 11:13:51 PM
Re: Brownie points
There is always a balance of experience and certification.  I think it's true of all areas not just security.  It's rare that certificates only adds anything of significance to a team.  Experience, validated by certification is another matter.


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