Certs in general are great on paper for recruiters, but generally worthless elsewhere. The only cert that carries any real weight is a CCIE, and trust me, if you've got one you don't have to look for a job. It will find you.
Where I work (a large managed hosting company) certs mean nothing. Skill, experience, aptitude, and character are what counts. Our interviews are done by prospective peers and their managers. I had 8 people (not all at once) in on mine and that's not uncommon. In fact, it's quite common for people to not make in their first time applying with us. A great number of the non-hires are a direct result of not fitting the culture of company. To us, that aspect is absolutely paramount and it is closely held.
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