My feeling and experience has been that certifications are great to have but not the end all. It’s more like icing on the cake. Unfortunately, I see too many IT people put way too much importance on getting their certifications and then rest on them. They get certified and then send out their resume and hope to get hired. Certifications alone don’t get you the job 90% of the time. I was getting a lot of work before I ever had any credentials just because I was lucky enough to work off referrals. If you are trying to get work and the people you are perusing know a former client of yours and that client really raves about you, that kind of thing is priceless in the business world.
I would say I find myself explaining what a CEH is and am always very careful to explain the Ethical part of very clearly. The term hacker is negative with the most people so you do have to explain the concept of what a CEH ia all about. If you do explain it and do a good job, then I would say it’s a big plus. The thing to remember in corporate America is everyone is always trying to cover their arse. If you turn out to be bad, then the people that hired you are partly to blame. Giving them a list of certifications gives them a little protection because they can always show the powers that be that you had all the right credentials as opposed to just hiring a guy off the street.
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