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custangro 03-10-2010 10:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Smartpatrol (Post 3893718)
From my experince its extremely hard to break into a pure Linux/Unix Admin job.

Yes, this is true :D

I started off...at...geek squad ha ha :D

Then I got a job as helpdesk at this small company. Then I got a job as a Jr. Network Administrator at another small place.

After that I got a job at a Medium size company as a Jr. Systems Adminsitrator.

I'm still at that same place but now I'm the Sr. Systems Adminstrator

But yes, mostly you have to work your way to the top

-C

spoovy 06-22-2011 02:36 PM

Just an update if anyone's interested.

Well I worked hard, learned a lot, got a couple of entry level MS certs, got an entry-level IT job, and eventually, this morning, I finally got to build my first linux server at work.

It can be done! :)

chrism01 06-22-2011 08:48 PM

Congratulations! :)

Well done for sticking at it.
www.linuxtopia.org has a long list of free-to-read books/manuals etc, covering most of the major distros; highly recommended.

TB0ne 06-23-2011 09:44 AM

Indeed, well done! Keep up the good work.

catkin 06-24-2011 04:50 AM

The biggest problem would be credibility in the eyes of potential employers and that's a real Catch 22 -- you can't get the job until you have "commercial experience" and you can't get the commercial experience until you get the job.

Time to start thinking creatively! One option (and a worthwhile one if you are the sort that likes to "give something back") would be to do sysadmin work as a volunteer for a charity or impecunious NGO. Unlike "real" employers they are not in a position to be picky. Ideally an organisation with a connection with planning to leverage your established skills and knowledge. The work would give valuable "real" experience and would hopefully get you networking amongst the geeks and establish your reputation. Talking to a lot of people would help; so would joining your local LUG.

Personally if I got a CV with no commercial experience but LFS six months after finding Linux, I would interview you -- more than usually hard but I would interview you. Enthusiasm is a valuable characteristic and the achievement itself is certainly non-trivial! Maybe I am very unusual but who knows? Worth a shot. If your CV also mentioned an active LUG role ... And sometimes being a "team player" and a "self starter", good company to work with is as important as technical skills -- back to professional networking and talking with as many people as you can.

EDIT: sorry, spoovy; I missed your update. Congratulations :)

PrinceCruise 06-24-2011 08:30 AM

Well done Spoovy :). Congrats.

resetreset 06-27-2011 01:25 AM

Good for Spoovy! Catkin, would you say it works the same way in India? i.e. can someone shift fields after working in a particular field for sometime?
By the way, Catkin, where do you work? (please tell me if I'm being too nosy). Could I throw a CV at you sometime?

rich_c 06-27-2011 04:13 AM

Congrats! And thanks for the encouraging update! I'm in the position at the moment where I'm wanting to move from what is pretty much an operator role to a more technically challenging Unix/Linux position. I'm hoping that having some reputation of being technically competent may grease the wheels somewhat...

catkin 06-27-2011 07:49 AM

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Originally Posted by resetreset (Post 4396627)
Good for Spoovy! Catkin, would you say it works the same way in India? i.e. can someone shift fields after working in a particular field for sometime?
By the way, Catkin, where do you work? (please tell me if I'm being too nosy). Could I throw a CV at you sometime?

You could and you might well be welcome but we are a volunteer-based operation so don't actually pay money. Still interested?

TheIndependentAquarius 06-27-2011 07:52 AM

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Originally Posted by catkin (Post 4396859)
You could and you might well be welcome but we are a volunteer-based operation so don't actually pay money. Still interested?

What kind of work this organization does? Anything in C/C++/Data structures?

catkin 06-27-2011 08:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Anisha Kaul (Post 4396860)
What kind of work this organization does? Anything in C/C++/Data structures?

Our approach is to use FOSS components rather than develop from scratch but inevitably some "glue programming" is used to integrate the components. So far that has not included C or C++ because we don't have those skills available and whatever we create has to be maintainable with locally available skills. To date we have used Apache, awk, bash, .cmd (!), GeoServer, MySQL, OOo Basic, PostgreSQL, rsync, Ruby and Xapian-Omega. We are just starting on an Internet-accessible web forms application which will probably introduce PHP and one of the content-management systems. So no -- no use case for C/C++ yet.

TheIndependentAquarius 06-27-2011 08:19 AM

I did guess that for some reason, thanks for the info.

resetreset 06-28-2011 10:10 AM

OK, I'll admit - that's a bit of a downer, catkin, but ....... OK, how do I get in touch with you?

szboardstretcher 06-28-2011 10:33 AM

This is totally realistic.

I had used computers all of my life, but after y2k realized that, for me, Windows was not the answer. So I began using Linux, hacking it together, breaking it apart, reading books and so on. Within a year of starting down that path, I felt confident in applying for jobs.

I got my foot in the door because someone had mistakenly picked my resume' over another more qualified individual. But once i got in the interview and explained how much I knew already and offered to fix any Linux system they put in front of me -- i got the job and I've worked as a sysadmin since.

catkin 06-28-2011 11:18 AM

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Originally Posted by resetreset (Post 4398026)
OK, I'll admit - that's a bit of a downer, catkin, but ....... OK, how do I get in touch with you?

An LQ PM :)


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