Vol. 19, #37 - September 15, 2014 - Issue #997
IT Job Hunting
- Editor's Corner
- From the Mailbag
- IT Job Hunting
- Tip of the Week - How to Learn PowerShell DSC
- Recommended for Learning
- Microsoft Virtual Academy
- Quote of the Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- Events Calendar
- Asia Pacific
- Webcast Calendar
- Exchange CON 2014
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- Tech Briefing
- Cloud Computing
- Enterprise IT
- Security and Privacy
- Windows Server
- Recommended TechGenix Articles
- Recommended articles from websites in TechGenix Network
- Windows Server News
- Keeping tabs on Google Cloud with monitoring tools
- Breaking down how VLAN tagging works in KVM
- VVOLs poised to upend storage provisioning
- An exclusive community for IT pros focusing on specific projects
- WServerNews FAVE Links
- Flying Over The French Alps In A Glider
- World's Toughest Job Interview
- Supercar Vs Motorbike Vs F1 Car - Top Gear
- Russian Motorcycle Girl
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
- Total Network Inventory 3: network inventory management solution
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This week's newsletter is all about finding a new IT job when you've been let go or "downsized" from your previous position. We welcome Ken Rideout, an IT pro living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, for his guest editorial on this topic.
Many of us in the deep and dirty trenches of the IT profession who have years or even decades of experience have gotten hit with the unexpected stress of suddenly finding themselves in the job market again in the middle or later years of their working life. If this is you--or if you fear that it might be you someday--what can you do to maximize the chances of your finding a new job should your current position terminate?
This subject is so series to us in the IT profession that we'll refrain from including our usual cynical Dilbert comic strip at the start of this issue...
No, let's scratch that. Humor can be healing sometimes:
Did that help?
From the Mailbag
In Issue #994 Account Lockout Flame Wars, we looked at the strongly diverging opinions within the IT pro community concerning whether to use account lockout in Active Directory environments. Since then we've published some reader feedback we've received on this topic. Here's one more bit of feedback which we received from a reader named Tom:
If an enterprise touches credit cards, they need to comply with the PCI DSS 3.0 standard. The standard requires Account lockout (6 attempts) with a 30 minute lockout duration in the Cardholder Data Environment. See sections 8.1.6 & 8.1.7 (PDF):
So, my clients don't have an option. I do enjoy your publication, Thanks!
And now on to our guest editorial by Ken Rideout...
IT Job Hunting
There is one topic that I have not seen covered a lot in the newsletter and that is regarding job loss. The economic downturn has had a huge effect on many people, me included. In June this year, I was 'downsized' from an IT job I've had for 14 years. This is what I have learned this summer having to look for work once again.
- Keep your resume up to date. I was lucky in that mine was only a few years old. Keep it short and concise and above all, have several people proof read it for you. I was five revisions in before I notice an incorrect phone number for one of my contacts.
- Take advice given to you. My wife mentioned I should have my electronics background listed on my resume. Non-technical people (HR staff) will see it as an asset even if you're applying for an IT job. I never thought of it that way, but she was right.
- Don't undervalue yourself. IT takes unique and specialized skills and it's okay to sell that no matter what level you are at.
- Prepare to be interviewed. I haven't interviewed for a job since 1988. Saying I was out of practice is an understatement. I found searching for 'hard interview questions' was a great way to prepare for an interview. Remember to take the stock answers and put your spin on them and above all, practice, practice, practice. It's also a good idea to go over questions with a friend or family member. They will help you get the wording right for you answers.
- Keep a copy of all the jobs you have applied for. You will probably be asked about the position and you should know what it is you applied for. I learned this one the hard way…
- Browse the company website and have at least a basic knowledge of what they do prior to applying. Liking what they do is as important as liking what you would do for them.
- If you don't know the answer to a question, say you don't know. You can't know everything after all. I've worked with GPO's for as long as I can remember but that doesn't mean I know everything about them off the top of my head. If a question is about a specific thing such as GPO's and you can't recall the answer, say so, but follow that up with an example of what you have done with GPO's in the past and that you have no problem working with them.
- Exercise does wonders for your mood. It will help you get over the tough spots you are bound to get into. For me, I rode my bike as much as possible.
Finally, here are some lines I try to work into an interview:
- Being good at IT means using your PR skills first and IT skills second.
- Communication is one of the keys to doing IT well.
- If no one has noticed anything change, then a project was done right.
- Proper planning is the key to successful projects.
- Has anyone seen where I left my pants? (okay maybe not this one)
About Ken Rideout
Ken is an IT Professional living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
You can find him on LinkedIn:
Send us feedback
Got any interview prep or job-hunting tips for IT pros who have lost their jobs or are worried about losing them? Got a job loss tale of your own you'd like to share, or a story of how you found a new position in a tough job market? Any ideas on how to future-proof your IT career against getting downsized when the economy turns sour? Send us your feedback to [email protected]
Tip of the Week - How to Learn PowerShell DSC
This week's tip was contributed by Ashley McGlone, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer.
How to learn PowerShell DSC
PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) is a break-through technology that you will be hearing about for years to come. It is changing the way we manage server configurations in the Microsoft world, and it aligns us closer to industry standards.
PowerShell DSC offers huge time savings. Imagine scripting your entire server build checklist. And then if something gets changed (by that rogue admin), then it gets put back the way you had it… automatically. Yeah. It's that cool.
As with everything in the world of IT we must constantly learn new things. Here are some links to get you started with PowerShell DSC:
TechEd NA 2014: A Practical Overview of Desired State Configuration, Don Jones & Jeffrey Snover (Watch this video!)
PowerShell.org DSC Hub, ebook, forum, etc. (Start with this eBook!)
Microsoft PowerShell Team Blog
TechNet Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Overview
Windows PowerShell 4.0 DSC Quick Reference Sheet
TechNet Script Center – DSC Resource Kit download
100 Days of DSC Blog Series
This is one of those topics where you just need to dive in and start learning. Be patient with yourself. It may take a few times through for it to sink in. It did for me. But once you see the power of this you will wonder how you ever did your job without it.
About Ashley McGlone
Ashley McGlone is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft.
You can find more of Ashley's PowerShell tips on his TechNet blog here:
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This week we have some new books about Windows PowerShell for you to check out:
Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Revealed
Windows PowerShell 4.0 (Step Up & Into)
Windows PowerShell: The Personal Trainer for Windows PowerShell 3.0 and Windows PowerShell 4.0
Windows PowerShell Programming for the Absolute Beginner, 3rd edition
Pro PowerShell for Amazon Web Services: DevOps for the AWS Cloud
Microsoft Virtual Academy
An announcement from the Microsoft Virtual Academy:
September 26: Azure SQL Database for Business-Critical Cloud Applications
Developers, learn how Azure SQL Database new service tiers support predictable performance and how they enable you to easily scale a database up or down to meet throughput demands. In "Azure SQL Database for Business-Critical Cloud Applications," on September 26, experts explore how the new Azure SQL Database model supports your need to build robust cloud apps, promises increased functionality, and offers improved disaster recovery. Register today!
Quote of the Week
"Sometimes work is the only thing, the only answer." --Stephen King
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WServerNews - Editors
Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7 Resource Kit and has been author or series editor for almost fifty books mostly published by Microsoft Press. Mitch is also a ten-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see www.mtit.com.
Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also manages research and marketing for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.