With respect to your answer to the Certification in Homeland Security (CHS) question and to paraphrase Gilbert and Sullivan, "if everybody is somebody, then nobody is anybody." Today many people have their CISSP, and there are lots of competing courses to help you gain your certification. However, the CISSP didn't always enjoy its current level of prestige and demand.
When the CISSP came out, no one cared at first. It was not a part of the job requirement for any position in security -- it was too new. I know, because I hired security folks at that time. The same is true today for CHS, so your response is a non-answer. If you had applied the same logic (using job market "demands" to gauge the value of certifications) to the CISSP when it first debuted, then no one would have ever gone through the trouble of getting it -- after all it had no value. CHS may have value, but to base a decision only on its current job market demand is folly.
As I've written in the past, "if you do decide to pursue a certification that hiring managers or others may not recognize easily or readily, you must be prepared to explain what you learned in the course of earning that credential, what kinds of skills and abilities it allows you to exercise, and in general, to explain the 'value proposition' of the credential, especially as it relates to your suitability for some specific job or job role."
I agree that it would have been a good idea for me to include the above quote in my original CHS reply. Thank you for bringing the subject back up and for giving me the opportunity to add that information to what I provided therein.
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This was first published in May 2004