LinkedIn Skills for Network Engineers

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
  • SD-WAN
  • Firewalls
  • Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
  • Load Balancing
  • IP VPN
  • NX-OS
  • 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.

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