Let me Begin by saying thank you, thank you for providing tons of material and resources on PowerShell. You have helped me boost my IT career and climb my way up the ranks in my agency with PowrShell scripting. My question is how can I find a job where all I do is PowerShell scripting (or is at least concentrated)? I know that they exist somewhere out in the world; I genuinely enjoy scripting in PowerShell and would it to be my full time job.
I hope you’ll submit a question, too!
I suppose I’d start by arguing that this isn’t a fabulous long-term career choice. I mean, “I’m a specialist in this one tool” is eventually going to come back and bite you in the ass. “I swing hammers” isn’t much of a resume.
But, let’s maybe rephrase this to, “I want a job where I can focus on automating.” That’s an actual business outcome. It’s a valuable outcome – economies literally grow only through automation of some kind or another. Being an automator is a big deal. There are many tools you can employ, and it’d be best to know a few of them.
So, how do you find that job? You kind of answered it:
I know that they exist somewhere out in the world
They do. So start looking. Brush up your resume. Start contacting recruiters. Make sure your resume speaks to job outcomes. How many man-hours of manual labor have you automated out of existence? How much money did that save? Know those answers, because that business outcome is what another employer will look at the hardest. Those answers should lead your resume: “Experienced automator who can achieve 100:1 savings in man-hours with commensurate hard savings in salaries.”
Let me tell you why I think people can’t find the job they want:
- They’re not willing to relocate, or they’ve put too many conditions on relocation. You want your dream job, you need to be willing to do whatever it takes to get it. That may mean moving.
- They don’t like the whole resume-inteview-rejection process. I get it. You gotta adult-up and do it, because that’s how people get jobs. Nobody is so special that someone’s going to come right to your door begging for you. I don’t even get that, and I mean, I’m Don Freaking Jones, right?
- They interview poorly. Us tech people suck at interviews. We just do. So conquer that. Apply for a few jobs you know you could get, but don’t want, just so you can do the interview. I know that’s a horrible thing, but where else are you going to get better at it?
- Applying for jobs is a PITA. Everyone has an online portal, it’s totally impersonal, and you’re filling out forms for days on end. Again, I get it. Adult up and do it anyway.
Allen, you’re right – these jobs exist. But only people who go dig them out are going to find them. So go get a shovel.