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  •  I think certification is especially big (2+ / 0-)
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    Moody Loner, eparrot

    in the Microsoft oriented IT shops.  Unix, Oracle, SAP and other software I think a bit less so.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 10:33:21 AM PDT

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    •  That's probably true (2+ / 0-)
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      IT Professional, Moody Loner

      I'm in the Microsoft world myself.  It is a concern that you have to tie yourself to a specific company.  I mean there is no guarantee that Microsoft technologies will be in such a high demand position in database development in 10 years.  They were a bit player 15 years ago.  Companies and their technologies rise and fall all the time in IT.

      Another trick I've learned is to claim knowledge and exagerrate experience that you really don't have yet, but happens to be in high demand.  For example, you might do a bit of your own personal development in a technology and let the manager think that you actually used it on the job.  Many hiring managers know next to nothing about the technologies for which they are hiring, so watching enough training videos to know the buzzwords can get your foot in the door.  Then you learn on the job how to apply your skills in the new language or framework.

      Personally I'd hire an experienced developer who knows how to make software work over someone inexperienced who may know a bit more about the specific skillset.  Learning a new technology takes weeks to months.  Gaining actual experience on how to make projects successful and avoid pitfalls takes years to decades.  Unfortunately managers more often than not value specific technologies over experience when making hiring decisions.

      •  You know the game. I have played it (1+ / 0-)
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        Moody Loner

        many times.

        I am yet to come across any technology that i was not able to come up to speed in a couple of weeks, after claiming experience to get in the door.

        I have to feed my family, so i'll be darned if some resume keyword checker, human or electronic is going to keep me from the few interviews available to U.S. workers.

        It's a war out there.  If you don't know how to play the game, you will not work again.

      •  For the enterprise toolsets (1+ / 0-)
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        for good or bad we have to make choices.  But still a lot of skills transfer among vendors.  Another challenge is to keep at the front of the trends so you can spot the emerging leaders and move onto the newer standards early enough to profit from it.

        Microsoft is as good as any other.  Although since MS as a company is so diverse they don't have the unified enterprise focus many of the Unix based vendors have.

        They undercut Informatica on licensing and BI really took off.

        I'm a DBA.  It's funny but I can remember in 1994 having a conversation with some C++ developers hyped up on ravioli code and earnestly telling me they just knew for sure that within 5 years the vast majority of  enterprise DBMSes were going to be OO based.  IMO, it could still happen but a couple of thorny problems remain unsolved.

        So I think above all, relational DBMSes are here to stay for the foreseeable future for most heavy duty OLTP usage.  Most of my experience is with Sybase but MS and Oracle and even IBM are not that hard to pick up. All the engineers that design the DBMS software all know each other, attend the same conferences on the technology.  A lot of the designs are similar and knowledge is very transferable.  For example they settled on cost based optimizers (Oracle was the last to implement it) and it is a standard of DBMS architecture.

        I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

        by Satya1 on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 07:06:38 PM PDT

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