Originally Published: Thursday, 6 April 2000 Author: Mark Nowlin
Published to: interact_articles_jobs_djn/Dream Jobs Now! Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Narrow Down Your Options

There is a vast demand in the job market for people with Linux technical skills. Such a demand, that it might be a bit overwhelming at first when you throw your resume out there into the mix.

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There is a vast demand in the job market for people with Linux technical skills. Such a demand, that it might be a bit overwhelming at first when you throw your resume out there into the mix. Being able to sort through the available jobs and find the right job that matches your skills is not only important in your career path, but it also is important for your stability in life.

Finding the job you want will be much easier, if you attempt to network with people you already work with or associate with. You might be surprised how many people have ‘heard’ of a promising job lead. They just may not have acted on it themselves due to their satisfaction with their current job.

If you are too afraid to let it be known that you are looking for employment with people that you are already working with, you might try joining some sort of professional organization. This would include the local Linux User Group for your region. Many good contacts can be made here, and finding a job by contributing to your local group is nothing to be ashamed of. Be sure to check out www.linux.com/lug if you find this aspect appealing.

The jobs section of Linux.com is another great site to look at. Just posting on most sites, means that you are out there for all to see, whether it be the recruiter looking for a developer on Solaris, or the recruiter looking for NT helpdesk personnel. Linux.com/jobs provides a means of finding a job in the specific field of working with the Linux OS. This is not meant to imply that the other job posting sites out there hold no value, as quite often, there are Linux jobs posted on them as well.

It is even advisable to try and go straight to the source in some cases. Just think of a company that might be technologically proficient enough to be using Linux. Place an http://www. then the company name, and then .com. This frequently will pull up the company you are looking for, sometimes not.

Many companies now have their job postings on their web pages for all to see. Complete instructions on how to apply, what positions are available, and the company benefits are all accessible right in the comfort of your home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Basically, just be sure that you have a plan when you start looking for a job. This will save you the trouble of getting some of those calls for positions that you haven’t the experience nor desire to have.

- Mark Nowlin is a Technical Solutions Consultant for Sprint Enterprise Network Services in Fort Worth, Texas USA. The views, information and opinions provided in this article are expressed and held solely by the author. Neither Sprint Enterprise Network Services nor Sprint Corporation or any of its affiliates assume any responsibility for any opinion or statement of fact presented in this article.





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