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I had this doubt since a long time , having enclosed in CV the experience or knowledge of technologies that are 'anti' to each other or rivals in real world.

For e.g. - A guy having RHCE certification and MCSE certification will be preferred or rejected at sight ?

In my view - he is having experience of both technologies so I'd prefer this guy but I've heard that people with this kind of CV are considered like- they didnt had it in their mind " What they want to do in future, What are their interests " etc etc ...

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It depends on who is hiring, and since it's usually impossible to determine its profile before talking with him, it's more like a guess...

  1. Multiple certifications/experience = bad: You are right when you say that a guy with multiple technologies and certifications can be seen as a someone not very stable.

  2. Multiple certifications/experience = good: However, the same guy can be seen by other as a very good choice thanks to its extended experience and open mind.

It is a very personnal consideration, and therefore you can't generalize here.

FYI, I'm the kind of guy that will hire based on the second observation.

The good news

You prefer to be hired by the second one isn't, the one that will value your multiple experience ? Being hired by the first one will usually means they had no alternative.

So how to give you more change to be hired by someone that will consider what you are, rather than taking you as an alternative (with plan to replace you as soon as they get their expert)?

Be yourself in your resume

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+1, and never never lie beyond what you can't back/cover up. Or simply, never ever lie. – o.k.w Oct 23 '10 at 13:29

It depends on the role and how it's advertised.

Depth not breadth. If it seems that the company is after a very specific skill set then it might be worth de-emphasising certain parts of your CV. Don't omit experience, but perhaps don't mention irrelevant certifications etc. (unless directly asked). This will indicate that you've concentrated on gaining an in depth knowledge of your chosen skills, which is what they are after.

Breadth not depth. If the company is after a more general skill set then mentioning everything you've done will show that you are a "well rounded individual" who's not afraid to try new things and can apply your knowledge to new areas.

So - tailor your CV to the job being advertised, but as @Pierre points out be yourself and don't lie.

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Don't you think that tailoring your CV to match the employer's needs is like trying to be someone else when you date a girl/man? It will works on the short term, but will in the vast majority of the case lead to a failure on the medium term (or serious pain)? – user2567 Oct 23 '10 at 12:03
@Pierre - If you go to extremes then yes, but I was only talking about emphasising or de-emphasising parts. If you haven't got the skills or experience to do the job then why are you applying in the first place? – ChrisF Oct 23 '10 at 12:08
Well a good reason would be: to improve your skills and experience. It's what I usually do. That's why the cover letter is important. You have to explain that ;) – user2567 Oct 23 '10 at 12:10
@Pierre - perhaps I wasn't as clear as I could have been in that comment. I'll have to think about this a bit more - I can't seem to find the right words for what I'm getting at. – ChrisF Oct 23 '10 at 12:16
We are in the empire in subjectivity isn't ? ;) There is no good answer – user2567 Oct 23 '10 at 12:39

I've seen several jobs requirements looking for:

  • sql server and oracle
  • windows and mac
  • windows servers and linux
  • C sharp and java

It's amazing the combinations they put together and a miracle they ever find anyone.

Can you imagine: Wanted LAMP developer with absolutely no exposure to windows.

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C# and Java isn't unusual... They are nearly the same. – alternative Oct 23 '10 at 11:35
@methepic - you could say the same for oracle and sql server (both use sql). Technology wise, it's not hard to switch over, but it's still a holy war. – JeffO Oct 23 '10 at 11:54
Jeff O: yes some companies are too strict in their requirements and therefore usually have hard time to find anyone willing to send a CV. I usually limit technologies in the job post I do, and focus on personality I need, such as "problem solver", "team player", "willing to learn", ... – user2567 Oct 23 '10 at 12:05
@Pierre 303 - interesting and unique way to find people. In the long-run may be the best way to get a quality developer regardless of specific experience. – JeffO Oct 24 '10 at 3:35
Jeff O: in the long run, I think the best way is to keep good ones and let leave the others. The more you hire, the more chances you get to find the perfect one. To do that you must remove all filters. In your job offer, that will prevent the guy from applying, and when you read the cv yourself, to give a chance to a max. Pre-interview by phone may help. – user2567 Oct 24 '10 at 8:35

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