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Got my Linux+ Certification!
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Yup, I’m an IT cert junkie. I admit it. In ten years I earned 5 different certifications.

That averages to one every two years. And for some reason I feel as if I still could’ve gotten more in that time if I tried harder. Word of advice, if anyone tells you IT certs don’t mean anything, they’re either…
1) Lying
2) Don’t know any better
3) Jealous of people that actually pursue them and achieve them

I can say that because I SWEAR by my certs and if it wasn’t for them I can guarantee you I would not be where I am today. To date, I hold (in order of importance) CISSP, CEH, Security+, Linux+ and Network+. Back in 2009 I got the first part of A+, but for some reason I never went back for the second part. I assume at the time it was because I was already hired into my IT entry level job and I wasn’t as hungry for it. Also, I got my Net+ and Sec+ before I tried for A+ so there was also no real point.

For anybody who has a question about whether or not certs are worth it, just imagine yourself as a hiring manager and you have two candidates. Both have the same experience, same qualifications, interviewed the same and are nearly identical, however, one has certifications that align with his/her career path and the other does not. Who would YOU hire? Personally, I feel I made good in landing interview opportunities based off my resume alone. That’s also something to think about. If you have no connections to a potential employer, your resume is what really needs to stand out from the rest in order to even get you to an interview these days.

The reason I pursued Linux+ is because I am aligning myself towards a penetration testing career and eventually plan on taking the OSCP certification. I know pen testing and the OSCP cert in general is riddled with Linux, so I wanted to challenge myself in getting a new cert and also making sure I can grasp the major Linux administration objectives from the exam.

For you who are interested in studying material for Linux, I used Pluralsight and the Sybex Linux+ Study guide. I also nabbed a few Linux magazine subscriptions like Linux User and those annual guides you can find at Barnes & Noble.

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