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The Practice of System and Network Administration, Second Edition by Thomas A. Limoncelli, Christina J. Hogan, Strata R. Chalup

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Chapter 35. Hiring System Administrators

This chapter looks at hiring system administrators, focusing on areas that are different in some way from hiring other staff people. These items are the things that the SA staff and managers need to know. Everything else should be taken care of by the human resources department.

This chapter does not cover areas of hiring that are generic and apply across the board: compensation packages, on-call compensation, overtime pay, comp time, or traditional incentive schemes, such as stock options, hiring bonuses, and performance bonuses. Nor does this chapter look at how location, lifestyle, working from home, facilities for remote work, or training and conferences can factor into the hiring process.

Rather, ...

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