Yes I will follow Bob 

" If you think having certifications help you then they do, if you think
certifications do not help you then they do not!"

Some persons like Certifications, some others do not like it and on both
side of the job the worker or the client. I am working since 1981 without
any certifications for more than 50 Companies(for only five Clients) as a
contractor and it was always the Client who pushed me to stay from one
Contracting Company to another when they wanted to leave the first company
for contractual issues and get a new contractor on board they (the Clients)
always assist me getting in the new company with my condition for salary,
compensation, benefit (if any), etc...

You have other way to show you are able to do a job, if you have a lot of
experience in your field and you are a contractor as I do for 25 years now
give them the opportunity to test you on the field, I even often offer the
first month free of charge for the client to test me and decide, specially
for companies which likes Certifications, money talk don't forget it...

Choose your way as you feel it,

Dominique DUCHEMIN
Bits and PCs
Mainframe IBM 34-36-38 AS400
Bull DPS700
HP 1000-3000-9000
Altiris Support

-----Original Message-----
On Behalf Of Marion, Bob
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 9:58 AM
To: Midrange-jobs
Subject: RE: Certifications?

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I feel certifications can help a person in a multitude of employment

1).  If you are employed passing certifications may communicate to your
employer that you take your career growth serious and you have also
validated a certain skill set and you may can tie passing a cert to your
performance review since it is measurable.   Also, a  wide range of
certifications will show a broad skill set internally at your current
job and to future employers.

2).  If you are interviewing for a job, often the hiring person needs to
convey to their management why they choose a certain person and
certifications are a great item to justify hiring you.  Assuming your
hard skills meets their needs.

3).  And even if you have been on the system I for many years like I
have (1989) you will still learn about new functionality when you study
for a test.

This year I choose to take for the first time and refresh several System
I certifications and other certifications and it was very educational
and yes I studied for many hours to pass the test.   

If you think having certifications help you then they do, if you think
certifications do not help you then they do not!

Have a great day!
Bob Marion 

iSeries Technical Solutions - Design   V5R3
iSeries Single System Administrator V5R3 
iSeries System Command Operations V5R2 

Certified Document Imaging Architect  plus
Input Capture Professional
Storage Area Network



-----Original Message-----
Behalf Of David Gibbs
Sent: Monday, October 09, 2006 10:58 PM
To: Midrange-jobs
Subject: Certifications?

An interesting thread was started on Slashdot about IT Certifications

I'm curious as to how valuable certifications are in the System i


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