Nowadays, I am seriously thinking of changing my job and checking LinkedIn job boards regularly. I found the position of “Monitoring Systems Manager” at a national bank where one of my close friends is working as a senior manager.
I smiled as I compared the requested skills to mine. They were asking for the “American Welding Society (AWS)” skill. It was definitely a typo/selection issue. In fact, they should be looking for “Amazon Web Services (AWS).” I immediately warn my friend, of course, harshly joke about it.
I thought this topic was over. However, in a few days, I encountered the same issue twice in different postings. It made me consider my skills listed on my profile and which skills should be asked for a network engineer related position. A few hours later, I prepared a list of do and don’ts below. Now it is so generic, later on, I may create more sophisticated ones based on different network engineering positions.
Skills to Have / To request
- Network Engineering
- Computer Networking
- Network Infrastructure
- Network Security
- Network Monitoring Tools
- Network Management Applications
- Network Automation
- Network Integration
- Network Troubleshooting
- Local Area Network (LAN)
- Wide Area Network (WAN)
- Cisco Wireless
- Wireless Networking
- Juniper Networks Products ( or Cisco, Palo Alto, etc.)
- Software Defined Networking
- Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
- Load Balancing
- IP VPN
- MPLS VPN
- Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS)
- Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) ( for service provider positions)
- Multicast (Especially for Fin-tech data broadcasting positions)
- Cisco Meraki
- Cisco Certified
- Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) (of course if you can pay for it)
Skills not to Mention / Not looking for
- American Welding Society (AWS) 🙂
- Avaya Site Administration (ASA) ( Unless that you have an Avaya Aura PBX Solution, this should be Cisco ASA)
- Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)
- Domain Name System (DNS)
- Network Technology ( too generic)
- Network Devices
- Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP)
- Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)
- Internet Protocol (IP)
For sure, we expect our candidates to know about HSRP and DNS. But they are not worth mentioning as a skill.
If you are about to hire a Network Engineer, I strongly recommend that you check my Network Engineer Job Description template before preparing your job posting.