[rescue] Do you remember when? Security software.....

Michael A. Turner mturner at whro.org
Mon Aug 11 14:37:39 CDT 2003

> errr... a cert chaser eh ?
> <soapbox>
> I hate certs and how cert crazy employers have become....
> I can get any damn cert they want me to....  but they need to pay
> for it.... I know my abilities, and certs (or lack thereof) don't
> prove crap about someones abilities (most of them don't anyway).
> I sometimes wonder if I'm having a tough time getting 
> interviews because
> I haven't gone the route of certs...  wish I'd have known 
> they would be
> so damn important... I wouldn't have bothered with a college education
> (the original "cert").  Make me pretty damn mad.
> </soapbox>
> -- Curt

	I have found that all the certs do is get you in the door for the
interview. It gives the HR drones something to look for when they are
filtering the resumes to pass on. I have started scanning the help wanted
adds and looking for the most requested certs and getting the books to study
those. The problem is I know, and you know, how useless they really are
which brings my motivation down. I should just go sit one and break my
cherry, pass or fail. 
	Part of the problem is that there are to many people with college
degrees. SOOOOO many of them are being generated these days for little or no
benefit that a college degree has replaced the high school degree for
getting a job. 30 years ago a high school degree meant something towards
getting a job and a BS was something special. Now a high school graduation
is the minimum and that the BS is expected. This has degraded their value.

Michael A. Turner
Systems Engineer WHRO
michael.turner at whro.org

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