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)
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)
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)
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)