My first blog post

This is the launch of my blog. Inspired by the following Packet Pushers podcasts :

Episode 345 “How to further your IT infrastructure career”
Episode 392 “Debating the value of expert certifications”

To summarise the above here’s a direct quote from Greg Ferro’s blog:

Getting that perfect job with a resume, recruiters, and human resources is messy. A resume simplifies your professional technology life, skills, and ability into a 3-page summary that the recruiter/HR/manager/technical lead uses to select interview candidates.

I propose that building an online portfolio to showcase your experience and knowledge can help you. A blog can be several hundred pages of resume that talks to a recruiter or technical lead and tells them more about you.

A portfolio displays your communication skills and knowledge, demonstrates your progression over time, and shows that you can learn. It’s the resume you want people to know about.

And an employer can contact you directly and avoid the cost of recruiters–getting you more money.

Always have your resume ready to go by blogging, posting code, and sharing.

In addition to Greg’s advice an interview with Quincy Larson on the Indie Hackers podcast (#056) has also given me food for thought. Specifically the following quote by Quincy:

Well, I tell everybody who’s learning to code there are two things you should start doing immediately. One, you should try to carve out at least 30 minutes a day to just sit down and code, and that’s every day. Try not to take any days off. The reason for that is the speed of forgetting is quite rapid, and you definitely don’t want to backslide by taking a day off. So even 30 minutes a day can make a huge difference.

The second thing is to hang out with other people who code. You can go to hackathons, hang out at Hackerspaces, go to tech talks in your city after work; anything you can do to meet other people. There are freeCodeCamp communities in most major cities around the world. You can go and hang out with them and code.

That’ll give you the positive social peer pressure to keep moving forward and also help you build your network, so that when you try to go out to get a job, you’ll already know a whole lot of people. And they may be able to say, “Hey, my company is looking to hire somebody. Why don’t you come interview here?”

Since listening to those episodes I’ve launched this blog and another experimental one here, the second being specific to my CCNP journey. It also allows me to work on my Linux administration skills as it’s a Wordpress blog running on Ubuntu server hosted on a Digital Ocean droplet. I’ve also started uploading my projects onto GitHub. And lastly I’ve signed up to attend a variety of tech meetups.

First tech meetup & migrating to KDE