So, to those of you who are in the IT field, do you find that certifications carry any weight any more? I'm hoping to get responses from both sides if possible, those trying to get jobs and those who do the hiring. I've been in a position to hire UNIX admins for the past 5 years and I have learned to place so little in certs. As a matter of fact, anyone that shows up touting their certs as if they mean anything automatically got knocked down a notch in my book. I don't care if they have them, but if they act like it means something it makes me question their experience in the industry. The only time I would want a person with a certification is if I was looking for an entry level person and I could see that they've at least put some time into the basics. The only problem is that these people also seem to think that a piece of paper says that they know something and thus deserve to pass entry level both in terms of responsibility and pay. My issues with certifications are: - certification training and testing rarely matches real world circumstances. just because you know how to answer a question on a cert test doesn't mean you actually know how to do anything in the real world. - so many people who get certs focus on training to pass the test and not training to actually know the material. this means a person who can test well, but has little practical knowledge on the subject. Anyway, what is your take?