Oh. I fell asleep. Is Ubuntu loaded yet? It looks like it is.
We’re in Chapter Two now, and if you’re doing a dual-boot installation for the first time, pick up the book and do a little reading or you might risk whacking the other operating system on your computer, along with all the software and data that goes along with it. Not good!
This is where Ubuntu Made Easy shines. It gives you accurate, complete descriptions of what you should do, and when and how you should do it. Every minute spent reading can save you up to an hour of cursing and redoing or undoing mistakes.
Much Ado About Applications
Some years ago I wrote a book called Point and Click Linux! (which is now totally obsolete) in which I gave only the briefest instructions on how to use popular Linux applications because I didn’t want the book to get too heavy or intimidating. Ubuntu Made Easy is thicker and wordier than my book, and it goes into more detail than I did about how to use LibreOffice, Audacity, Gimp, and other other useful programs you can download (for free) from the Ubuntu servers.
Between the basic information about how to download, set up, and run Ubuntu Linux and the application use instructions, this book is a decent deal for $34.95 (paper) or $27.95 (ebook), which are publisher’s prices you can easily beat with a little shopping around.
But where is the command line?
Ubuntu Made Easy is entirely about pointing and clicking. Nothing wrong with that, especially since Ubuntu Linux has gotten to the point where it is a fully-functional desktop operating system suitable for use by great-grandmothers and toddlers and everybody in between. But for professional work? You’d better learn how to administer Linux from the command line now that you’ve got Ubuntu Linux running on at least one computer in your home or office.
In fact, to teach yourself what you need to know to handle even the most basic, entry-level small business sysadmin job, you should have two or more computers running Linux and at least one running Windows so that you can create a network and learn how to administer it.
This is when you buy a copy of Essential System Administration, 3rd Edition or a similar tome and start scratching your head as you learn the ins and outs of Linux (and Unix) by working with your own little network.
But to start? Ubuntu Made Easy is all you need, and Ubuntu is just about the easiest desktop Linux variant to use and learn from until you’re ready to hit that command line and become a Linux professional.
PS – This article, by Lisa Vaas, is “must” reading if you want to get into IT security work: Transform Your Puny Weakling Tech Muscles into InfoSec BRAWN! I mention it because “How do I learn IT security?” is one of the questions I get asked most often.]]>
From Robert Hatta:
A big trend these days is for older professionals to leave dates of employment off their resume, or omit decades of experience to seem younger. I get why they do this because age discrimination is real. I also hate it. Evaluating someone’s fit for a role and overall abilities has everything to do with their experience. How can I learn about someone and NOT know about, oh, 10-15 years of their career?
Kat Krull of Careerimp writes:
Many job seekers fail to tailor their resume for the particular job I’m trying to fill. This forces me to wade through a bunch of irrelevant information and makes it difficult for me to understand how the person will fit what I need. As a hiring manager, this signals to me that the individual either did not take the time to look at the full job description, or care enough to edit their resume appropriately.
From Creed Huckaby, tech lead at Pyxl, Inc.:
I once received a 12-page resume for our senior web developer position. It appeared that the applicant listed every old technology and programming language they had ever touched, which is a major red flag in my book. I strongly recommend listing a few skills that you are passionate about and you think would be valuable to your prospective company. Technology ‘over- generalists’ are really common these days and it’s much harder to find a good long-term fit for them rather than applicants who have some focus.
Ian Aronovich, CEO of GovernmentAuctions.org writes:
The worst mistake you can make on a resume is to mistakenly leave it tailored to another job…
From Alesia Benedict, President & CEO of GetInterviews.com:
Worst mistake ever: A programmer who was working at a CPA firm. In the description of the company, he listed it as a certified pubic accounting firm.
And I have a million more resume and interview bloopers to share with you in the weeks to come.
Meanwhile, let me leave you with the motherlode of Stupid Resume Tricks: MyCrappyResume.com. These would be funny if they weren’t so sad.]]>
Then there are second-tier job boards, including snagajob.com and a whole bunch of others, many of which are local or state-by-state. Don’t sell any of these resources short because they’re not the biggest. They may have fewer jobs listed, but they have fewer applicaants, too, so everything balances out.
You’re not getting the job — 25 reasons why is a CNN article from 2008 that is just as valid now as when it was first published. Read it and take its advice to heart.
Forbes ran this one — Tips And Strategies For Finding An IT Job — in 2010. Again, advice that’s still valid a few years later. One key takeaway: “Networking is overrated.” Read the article to find out why interviewee Dr. Tony Beshara says this. He makes many good points.
How to find a job during a recession is a CNN/careerbuilder “oldie but goodie” that doesn’t necessarily agree with the Forbes article in the last paragraph. Like it or not, no matter what the government says, most Americans are still living in a recession, so this 2008 article is still worth your time.
Finding an IT Job – Should you consider temporary employment? is published by a staffing company that handles temps. Worth a read, especially if you’re having trouble finding a permanent job or want to explore the idea of working for a defined period of time, then not working, then working again.
The Best Cities for Finding IT Jobs in 2012 Thinking about moving? You might want to read this first.
Getting Your First I.T. Job — This article is obviously aimed at people just getting out of college or completing some sort of training. If that’s your situation, read it. If not, maybe you should still read it. There’s no such thing as too much knowledge.
Creative Hotlist is for you if you’re a creative Web person. It lists some traditional IT and programming jobs, but they tend to be with creative-type employers such as ad agencies and video production houses. If this is the sort of job that turns you on, go for it!
Finding a Job is a federal government list of federal government job-finding resources. It includes links to U.S. sites that tell you how to find a government job and how to use government resources to find a job in private industry. Even if you’re an ardent libertarian who thinks “statist” is a curse word, you should check this out. You are paying for it whether you use it or not, so you might as well use it.]]>