Finding an Open Source Programming Job

MySQL AB is looking for employees and its director of architecture tells you what he, and others, look for in an open source developer.

Brian Aker, director of architecture for MySQL AB, says one good way to find an open source programming job is to contact him. Hes looking. And his criteria are uniquely open source. "Im not looking for someone who sends a resume to my mailbox and hasnt looked at our product," he says, "or who has a resume that has the all hottest current skills and every popular certification listed on it."

Aker is more interested in accompishments than credentials. He checks whos speaking at software conferences, and regularly checks open source project updates listed at freshmeat. "People whose names show up there frequently tend to get my notice," he says.

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