Some time ago, I had the opportunity to write an article titled “To be a certified professional or not to be”. It was about why some companies place more weight on certification’s credentials, than on years of experience and college degrees. I briefly explained that it was because some certifications are a must-have, since they “prove” that you are “following” the best practices, industry standards, and keep yourself up-to-date with new technologies and methodologies. This is true, but there are some other credentials that are just as nice to have, just to say that you have it (merely decorative). As the saying goes: “The suit does not make the clergyman, but distinguishes him”
If you are looking for a job, you are probably doing your homework by using job search engines like Monster, Dice, Career Builder, and Indeed, among others. You should also be creating or updating a profesional online profile in LinkedIn, or a similar network. Maybe you are also strengthening and improving your weak points or skills, or even acquiring new ones on different areas. Among these skills, you could be learning touch typing, how to write a blog, or how to use a new operating system (Linux, Unix, Chrome OS, or Ubuntu). You can also be learning persuasive communication techniques, and neuro-linguistic programing...
With the actual financial problems in our country, and apparently getting worse, the panorama isn't encouraging to anyone who is unemployed or looking for better working conditions. Already we see that the baby boomers believe that “if you work for the Government, then you had a safe and stable work” and that does not exist anymore. At present, a position in any public agency is similar to any position in a private company. In both cases, if revenues are not generated or new products or services are not created in order to produce money, then you are fired and that door is forever closed.
It is said that “in CRI$I$, we must reinvent ourselves”. That being said, to live by our grandparents’ thoughts, we will not achieve the expected results. For this reason, we must find other ways and alternatives to generate revenue or to find work, using a more strategic and effective technique. Here are some suggestions and recommendations:
Dr. Gilberto Crespo is an information security researcher & technology expert.