Five Important Steps Linux Job Seekers Should Take

1 - Five Important Steps Linux Job Seekers Should Take
2 - Build Out Your Skill Set
3 - Validate Your Expertise
4 - Home In on Collaboration
5 - Join the Community
6 - Become Proficient in English if You Aren't Already
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Five Important Steps Linux Job Seekers Should Take

by Darryl K. Taft

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Build Out Your Skill Set

The rise of open cloud platforms has contributed to the overall demand of Linux jobs, and hiring managers are searching for professionals with a core understanding of Linux as well as experience in emerging skills, including OpenStack and Docker. Security and cloud skills are also good to add to your resume.

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Validate Your Expertise

Professionals need a wide variety of skills, experience and personality. For example, according to the Linux Foundation Report, 44 percent of managers said they are more likely to hire an applicant with a Linux certification. Linux certifications are also incentivized—38 percent of employers said they are willing to help employees with the cost of certification. However, certifications are not the only way to validate your expertise; it is essential to go beyond formal training. Authenticate your proficiency in Linux through proactive involvement with open-source projects and establish a presence on community forums that energize and inspire you. This will help turn your passion in into an open-source career.

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Home In on Collaboration

It comes as no surprise that this job requires collaboration, ensuring that while talented, one must work well with other talented developers from around the world. For example, SUSE is always looking for a variety of skills, experience and personality. It's important that new colleagues not only bring skills and experience, but fit well with the company culture.

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Join the Community

Participation in the Linux community is important, knowing that companies can see how much developers are participating. The Linux Jobs Report stated that contributions by paid developers are increasing. This is solid evidence that Linux professionals are turning their hobby into their profession and are passionate about the long-term success of open source. Contributing to open-source projects is a great way to create visibility in the market and generate initial interest from commercial open-source organizations. These projects give contributors boundless opportunities to learn, allowing you to transform a passion into a career.

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Become Proficient in English if You Aren't Already

Computers were originally very biased toward the English language. Although the Linux network extends to the four corners of the earth, there needs to be a way for colleagues to communicate. And while Linux is now available in a growing number of languages, speaking, reading and writing English is a must for SUSE employees.

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