Does work-related experience in the security field carry any advantage both in obtaining a certificate and a position?
Of course it does! Experience is the single most important factor in obtaining a job, especially relevant experience. In fact, most employers would rather hire an uncertified person with lots of hands-on experience than a certified person with no experience. Likewise, experience comes in handy when seeking certifications, because it will often teach you the skills and interfaces that certifications seek to test you on.
This was first published in February 2001