On October 17th, I was laid off from what was supposed to be a long term contract at IBM after having previously laid off at another job at a certain ailing mortgage company. Job hunting as been really tough and the only thing that has looked really good so far is sales job at Tiger Direct.
What’s holding me back, besides the terrible economy, is the fact that I may have 8 years of experience working at a help desk, but I don’t have a single technical certification to “prove” what I know. Sadly, too many hiring decisions are made by folks who can’t tell a cd-rom drive from a cup holder, and technical certifications are the only things they have to tell them if you know what you’re talking about. Personally, I find the dependence on technical certifications to be silly at best, but those are the rules that we have to live by.
For those of you who are also jobless and looking to improve your resume, here are some links with important information for those who are also looking to get their technical certs. This post is by no means complete or exhaustive. I’ll past more on the certifications page as I have time.