Recruiters… In my experience recruiters rank just slightly above sales people. That is not meant to be complimentary. I think we’ve all had the experience of a pushy sales person who won’t take no for an answer, or who makes grand promises they can’t possibly deliver on. We’ve all had to deal with the avaricious sales jerk who is only interested in a quick commission and not the actual relationship with a client. Recruiters can operate in the same way, only instead of selling software or hardware, they are selling a person’s services. And just like any other sales person, they can promise the moon and deliver a dud. Whether they promise a job seeker the opportunity of a lifetime, or promise a company an astounding candidate; in either case, the worst type of recruiter doesn’t truly care about the relationship, only the commission. If you’ve experienced such a recruiter, you might be soured on the industry as a whole. But there can be value in working with a recruiter, and the most recent episode of Day Two Cloud gets into that very topic with Taylor Desseyn.
When I was working as a consultant at a VAR, I started being exposed to all the roles available to an IT practitioner. I used to think it was a fairly straight path from helpdesk to sysadmin to IT director. All of the sudden, my horizon was broadened. I could become a Sales Engineer (SE), Technical Account Manager (TAM), Developer Advocate, or even a Technical Marketer. Each of these roles maintained a level of technical competency I found attractive, while branching out into new, previously untapped areas. In our most recent episode of Day Two Cloud, Ethan and I talked to Martez Reed about his recent move to become the Director of Technical Marketing at Morpheus Data. We explore what Technical Marketing is and how Martez goes about crafting content that is relatable to the IT practitioner, their boss, and the CEO of the company. The key is comprehensive storytelling that presents a consistent thread while shifting perspective.
This week’s episode of Day Two Cloud is an open discussion between me, Drew Conry-Murray, and Ethan Banks regarding the successor to Andy Jassy as AWS CEO. Drew had made an off-hand comment suggesting that Amazon could put a ham sandwich in charge of AWS and it would still perform just as well. I challenged Drew to argue his point, and Ethan took up the counterpoint. It’s a lively discussion and I highly recommend giving it a listen.
This week’s Day Two Cloud episode features Calvin Hendryx-Parker talking to me and Ethan about moving to an Infrastructure as Code approach and hosting that approach in the cloud. We really hit the ground running, and soon we were digging into the details of how to separate application and infra code, being kind to your future self, and taking advantage of cloud native services like Lambda.
Consulting is the type of job that can really push your abilities to the limit, and independent consulting does that while also making you an accountant, marketer, and HR. In episode 84 of Day Two Cloud, Ethan and I talk with Anthony Nocentino and Michael Jenkins about their experience working as consultants. We all share how working for yourself as an independent consultant can be incredibly rewarding and also soul destroying.