Re: Job for IT generalist ...
....an IT Generalist? I personally would never use that term to describe myself. Just a few minutes ago, I made a reference to a friend and myself as IT Insanists. Now there's a term.
It's not about how much you know.....it's about how have you accomplished with what you know. Again, what have you done......or what can you do.
But most importantly, it's all about your resume.
1st - It needs to be HONEST. There is a special place in hell for liars!!
2nd - It needs to be formatted for the search engines. If not, you are a backdrop.
I can't speak to the # of years you have to fill a resume, but I tried to fit 15 years on two pages, and had a recruiter, which did not collect a commission from my experience, change my professional career with a few bits of information.
1. 15 years - 5 pages, at least. So 5 pages it is....my email blew up.
2. If it isn't between a date range, it doesn't mean anything:
SecOps, Inc: 06/2005 - 06/2010
<Now list everything you did, in detail....and include product names (Reinvented remote access using Juniper SA4500 VPN Concentrators, allowing for increased productivity for 5,000 users) (JUST DO NOT LIE) >.
Now everything in that list equals 5 years experience. The more years of your experience for a particular product/skill, the higher your resume will appear in the recruiter's search results.
I am a security engineer with insane AD, Linux, and Network skills, with business process, disaster recovery, change management and architecture experience. My interview 3 days ago with a Silicon Valley company, which I'm sure you know, lasted 6 hours, and I landed the job....and now will move from the east coast to the west....and I'm going to get paid.
I am so happy for the tips of that recruiter (Stephen Herrick of KForce). He changed my life.......just because my resume was all wrong.
But you seriously have to know you stuff. General knowledge is not enough. For example, can you answer these:
1. Describe the difference between active and passive FTP, and when it comes to implicit and explicit FTPS, which is more firewall friendly, and why......and what is required for the correct answer to be more firewall friendly - in both Cisco and Windows terms.
2. What is the difference between FTPS and SFTP?
3. Give an example of how you would use active directory to segment and protect critical applications from a malicious users using group policy.
4. Describe the difference between stateful and stateless packet filtering, and how it applies to firewall and router ACLs,
If you can give detailed answers off the top of your head, you are not a generalist, and you will most like make bank, with the right resume. If you have to Google the answers, you might not even be a generalist.
But if you don't know the answers, by all means, Google it, implement it, and know it. To get the 6 figure job, you'd better know them and a whole lot more, inside and out.