In the past I've had to answer questions about myself and my goals. I recently was asked a set of questions that made me rethink what I thought the answers to those questions were. So I totally revamped my answers to a whole slew of questions that I feel everyone should try and answer about themselves. Too bad I'm posting these here, I will definitely use them in any future job applications.
Skills and knowledge of some of the specific tech tools.
In order to help an organization grow, there are a variety of tools needed to meet standardization and compliance requirements. Nagios is a great tool which I've used to monitor a variety of devices and services from MySQL Databases to wireless access points. Cacti was another tool which allowed for me to read from RRD files and generate graphs to monitor metrics such as Linux Shorewall conntrack entries and even Linux quagga routers.
Bash scripts are portable and useful in any Linux environment, just as long as you have a way to track your changes and rollback any typos. Using git and mercurial as a DVCS for all the network configurations and shell scripts has greatly boosted my productivity anywhere I go.
Windows services can be a challenge and I continue to learn a lot about them in any environment I'm touching. Configuring and deploying IIS and SQL Server for applications requiring these services has given me a great deal of knowledge for troubleshooting via the Server Manager and Power Shell consoles.
Applications such as Graylog2, Zenoss, and oVirt have allowed me to administer Linux hosted services such as Apache, Ngnix, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Tomcat. All of these applications were deployed on a small private cloud infrastructures hosted between multiple Data Centers.
We often hire candidates who come from similar start-up environments. Help me understand how this fits your style/goals given your background at larger institutions.
I really enjoy taking time to listen to others and the obstacles they experience in their everyday work. One way to expand the source of this type of content is through podcasts and I am a huge supporter of the Hacker Public Radio community. There are so many hosts contributing thoughts and ideas covering a range of topics, including myself. The link below is for the first episode I recorded about SSH and Two factor authentication:
I really enjoy riding around NYC and I was fortunate enough to do so this past spring and summer. A blog is truly a great source for content but at times I find myself skimming over everything until I get to the pictures. Pictures are definitely worth a thousand words and I figured why not share my riding experiences with everyone. My domain below redirects to the about.me page where I've shared a collage of pictures from all my riding adventures:
For me the idea of working in a start-up environment is more than just attractive, but it's similar to the two activities mentioned above. Collaboration is such an important tool for any team to use and sometimes it requires everyone to learn something new. I had a great experience creating a podcast and working with the site members who I never meet face to face. The process to create, edit, publish, and post the podcast was seamless. The topic and ideas I recorded were mine but there was a whole team of individuals who helped get that content to a wide variety of listeners. In my professional experience, I've had many occurrences where I would work with customers and team members in other parts of the globe. Working in Atlanta and NYC has given me an opportunity to explore a whole underground community of Linux and security enthusiasts who all share new ideas about how they get their work done efficiently. To me a start-up environment would answer my thirst for self worth, collaboration, and the occasional bike ride.
I'd also like to get a stronger sense of your goals.
A little over five years ago I was introduced to computer science and I was completely hooked on the concepts introduced to me about computer programming. Now I find myself using those same concepts when I create custom Bash scripts for Debian and RHEL based hosts in KVM virtualization environments. AIX Unix security administration was a really great experience for me because I had to break out of the Linux mindset a little bit and learn more about POSIX compliant systems. Security, Networking and Linux administration are great passions of mine that I continue to conceptualize and enjoy doing everyday. The biggest goal I have is committing myself everyday to a team whose passion is to achieve something meaningful. Not only meaningful to one's own self worth, but meaningful to those who appreciate the product of a team's time and effort.