Jobs Initiative at the Linux Professional Institute

(Sacramento, CA, USA: May 2, 2013) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced a partnership program with oDesk® (http://www.oDesk.com), the world's largest online workplace, to promote workforce development initiatives for Linux and Open Source professionals. This partnership will connect Open Source talent through oDesk's job marketplace platform and enable LPIC candidates to display their official LPIC badges on their oDesk® profiles.

"LPI's fundamental mandate is to promote the careers of Linux and Open Source professionals. This initiative with oDesk is ideal in this regard as it demonstrates how wider industry players recognize the value of IT certification in recruiting highly-skilled personnel. We know that the jobs are out there and with partners such as oDesk we can assure potential employers of the quality of the workforce they require for their mission-critical technology needs," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI. Mr. Lacey added that when oDesk initially approached LPI their online service had thousands of contract opportunities for IT professionals skilled in Linux and Open Source technologies and that these opportunities have steadily grown in just a few short months.

oDesk's initiative with LPI allows for free registration of LPI alumni in various groups corresponding to specific certification levels — LPIC-1, LPIC-2, and LPIC-3. This enables businesses to hire IT professionals by level of LPI certification. LPI alumni who register and work on oDesk® will also benefit from a payment guarantee on hourly jobs.

“Our partnership with LPI helps certified professionals distinguish themselves on oDesk and gain access to more jobs, while helping businesses make better hiring decisions by connecting them with vetted, high-quality Linux talent,” said Matt Gniadek, oDesk’s Head of Business Development. “We’re excited to grow our partnership with LPI and bring the Open Source projects currently available on oDesk to the LPI community.”

For more information on LPI's initiative with oDesk® see: http://www.lpi.org/partnerships/jobs

For more information on oDesk's service see the following:

- "Hiring" Organizations: https://www.odesk.com/info/howitworks/client/

- Contractors/Freelancers: https://www.odesk.com/info/howitworks/contractor/

The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 5,000 testing locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 350,000+ exams and 120,000+ LPIC certifications around the world.

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About the Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute provides a global framework, industry leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies. Established as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership, direction and skill standards for those who pursue a career in Linux and Open Source technology. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.

About oDesk®:

oDesk® (www.oDesk.com) is the world’s largest online workplace, enabling businesses and freelancers to work together on demand via the Internet. By using technology to remove the barriers of traditional hiring, oDesk’s platform aligns businesses’ talent needs with freelancers’ desire to work when and where they want, on projects of their choosing. More than 35M hours were worked on oDesk in 2012. oDesk® is a registered trademark of oDesk Corporation.

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