Deborah Wazir says Linux helped her land her current job.
She says she was first introduced to Linux in the late 90s in the form of a Knoppix Live CD that she glanced at and put away. Ten years later a recruiter refused to submit her resume for a position because it didn't specifically say she had Linux experience (even though she had 20+ years of Unix experience).
Deborah decided it was time to learn more. I bought some Linux-based magazines with Live CD's of various distro's, bought a book on Ubuntu, borrowed an old laptop from my son, downloaded VMWare and Red Hat, and just started installing the OS. It was a lot of fun!
Once I had done enough work at home and become comfortable with installing and working with RHEL and Ubuntu, I added Linux experience to my resume. I was careful not to overstate my skill level, both on my resume and in interviews. But the work I had done on my own, combined with past proven success with quickly coming up to speed with new technologies, definitely made it possible for me to get my current job.