LinkedIn Skills for Network Engineers

Nowadays, I am seriously thinking about changing my job and regularly checking LinkedIn job boards. I found one “Monitoring Systems Manager” position in a national bank that one of my close friends is working as a senior manager.

I smiled when I was comparing the requested skills with mines. They were asking for the “American Welding Society (AWS)” skill. It was a typo/selection issue for sure. They should be looking for “Amazon Web Services (AWS)” actually. I just warn my friend, of course, harshly joke about it.

I assumed this case closed. However, I have been faced the same issue two times in different postings in a few days. I also start to think about my own skills listed in my profile and which skills should be asked for a network engineer related position. After a few hours, I prepared below do and don’t list. Now it is so generic, but maybe later, I can create more sophisticated ones based on different types of 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
  • Firewalls
  • Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
  • Load Balancing
  • IP VPN
  • MPLS 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)
  • LAN-WAN
  • Network Devices
  • Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP)
  • Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)
  • Internet Protocol (IP)

For sure, we are expecting from our candidates to know about HSRP and DNS. But they are not something worth mention as a skill.

If you are about to hire a Network Engineer, I would strongly suggest you check my Network Engineer Job Description template before preparing your job post.

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