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"Home Lab" = Experience?

By pmdracer ·
Just a curiosity point. I'm seeing many people adding to their resume experience gained from thier home computer lab. I have seen people list as much as 5 years of technical experience this way.
So my question to any hiring managers out there is this:
When you receive a resume with a person's home computer lab listed as experience, does it make any bearing on decisions, good, bad, ar at all?

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My apologies for the double post!

by pmdracer In reply to "Home Lab" = Experience?

I thought the first one didn't go through.
Is it Friday yet? Sheeesh!

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home experience

by School Guy In reply to "Home Lab" = Experience?

In my previous job I was involved with the hiring process and I did look for what they do at home. But you can easily tell if it's bogus or not. :)

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Home lab + What else....

by rserao In reply to home experience

If all that is on the resume is home lab stuff then there's a problem with "5 years experience". It would not automatically disqualify someone but asfar as I'm concerned they are entry level only. Home labs are great for experimenting and testing,I have two myself, but no where near count for realy experience.

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Yep, I say the same..

by TomSal In reply to Home lab + What else....

Rserao shares my point as well. Home labs are terrific self learning tools. But as an IT manager hiring someone you won't make or break a decision to hire/not hire you if you have (or don't have) home lab experience listed. No matter how extensive your "home lab" experience is.

Unless your "home lab" is the size of a mid-sized company's NOC center, includes high end routers, multiple servers, switches, etc. etc. - a home lab is too different (and very often way *WAY* more simplified) than a business environment is.

It will however make me think "Hey this guy really wants to learn and is self motivated" and in that respect, yes, it can have a positive impact in the hiring process.

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by tbragsda In reply to Yep, I say the same..

I tend to agree. Its nice that you play network admin at home, but nothing makes up for real time support. The situations Admins deal with on a day-to-day basis just aren?t the same as the guy with a Linux, and NT server sitting on a hub in his liveing room.

With that said, it?s a great idea for new admins to do this work, and I encourage them to do so by giving them old equipment, but will not be a factor for hire.

PS. Had to disassemble most of my home network when my wife moved in.The first question when I brought in another CPQ Proliant 3000 with 5 drives, and 4 fans ?what?s this one do that the others don?t?. My answer ??..well?. It?. Hummm?. Nothing??

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"Home Lab" = Knowledge

by bklein In reply to "Home Lab" = Experience?

But not necessarily experience. It's a far cry from managing these systems in a business environment.

"Oh, look! The mail server crashed. I'll fix it after I take a nap."

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Home Lab = Experience doing what ??

by Peter Mac In reply to "Home Lab" = Knowledge

bklein makes a good point - in the real world the pace is a lot faster. As a hiring manager, yes i do ask about home lab experience and do take it into account - but i qualify it with "experience doing what ??". If they cant back up the experience claimed with some hard answers, or they are not actively using the lab to learn, then the home lab experience becomes semi-irrelevant and i look for other skills.

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Home Lab Ideas

by generalist In reply to "Home Lab" = Experience?

Home lab experience might work if you can show that you are very, VERY good at documenting how you set things up, how you manage things and other tasks. This would be especially true if you're dealing with a network.

Creating portfolios of different network configurations, complete with diagrams and databases, could show that you know what you are doing and you have good ideas on how to keep track of what you've done. A technical expert reviewing the portfolios would be able to see the quality of your work.

Of course it does mean that you need to pay attention to both graphic design and content in the portfolio. And you might find that you end up being 'stuck' as the person in charge of tracking system upgrades. But once your foot is in the door...

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What a great Idea!

by Garion11 In reply to Home Lab Ideas

Thanks generalist. I never thought of doing it that way, I should have. I probably would've gotten my "foot in the door" a little quicker. Home labs + plus a certification or 2 will definitely help. Also one can put on the resume he/she was an independent consultant (throw a couple of legitimate references) helping friends/family so on so forth. I think home labs are the best (at this point probably the only way) to start your career in IT these days.

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Keep one thing in mind,

by road-dog In reply to Home Lab Ideas

If you have a substantial amount of money invested in a home lab. Your homeowner's policy might not cover the equipment.

As for documentation, a few packages enumerating intent, design, configuration, and results of different scenarios would be agood additional skillset demonstration in conjunction to certs and job history. Performance analysis and failure recovery are good angles to cover also. I've got several, and took the time to take a couple of digital photos of the layout, so a reviewer can see the actual equipment. This helps demonstrate that this is a "real" network as opposed to a mental exercise.

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