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A job search can be one of the most daunting challenges one faces in his lifetime. Fortunately, the current economy offers a plentiful supply of opportunities. Even with that said, a number of factors always come into play like which company should I choose, and should I relocate for an exciting opportunity, or what opportunity is best for my career, and does the opportunity give me the chance to work with the technology I'm interested in? It's imperative that you discuss these factors openly so you aren't misdirecting people or wasting their time. If you engage in "mind games" with the company, it can have a negative impact on your moving forward. I can't stress enough how careful you must be. If you turn a company off because you want to negotiate after accepting the position, word might get around about your less-than-professional manner. Is the landscape differe... (more)

An In-Depth Look At The Zend Certified Engineer (ZCE) Certification

Welcome to my first installment as a LinuxWorld Magazine writer. I'm taking over from my colleague Rob Jones and I hope to continue on the same track of providing information on certifications, as well as discussing the nuances in the Linux/Open Source recruiting landscape. For this article, I decided to focus on one of the relatively new Open Source certifications that are permeating the marketplace: the ZCE, or Zend Certified Engineer, based on the popular PHP language from Zend, the PHP company. As the use of PHP in the enterprise grows, it's only natural that certification g... (more)

The MySQL Certification Program

For this installment of my recruiting/certification column, I have decided to turn my attention to the MySQL certification. It's another one of the open source-based certification programs that seems to be gaining a lot of traction in the marketplace. We, as most of you probably know, continue to see companies implementing MySQL as an alternative to proprietary databases on the market. As a result we have seen a dramatic increase in searches by companies looking for people with MySQL experience. Therefore, it's only prudent that we take the time out to learn more about this relat... (more)

Telecommuting: There's Nothing to Be Afraid Of

We started a recruiting firm almost six years ago. At the time, I thought about the number of telecommuting positions we would get moving forward; after all, we were working with professionals doing Open Source development. It only made sense that the outcome of the Open Source model, successful off-site collaboration, would result in corporations letting these people work off-site. For the last six years, I've found it to be quite the opposite. Granted, there are many developers who are allowed to work remotely, but not as many as I originally thought. So the question is, "Why ... (more)