This morning, I received an email from TrueAbility regarding an interview that I did with them.
Last year, while I was working as a sponsorship coordinator for WordCamp Orlando 2014, they reached out us to sponsor our conference last year. Unfortunately, since we had already printed up the signage for the event and I could not get them in last year. I was already aware of TrueAbility earlier that year and have been telling coworkers to go there to test their metal. I took this opportunity to tell them how much I loved what they were doing for our industry and they asked to feature me.
TrueAbility allows you to put your real world skills to the test on a live virtual machine (VM). They give you a list of tasks to complete and a time limit to assess your performance. Each VM is automatically graded and the score is published to your profile. This same methodology is used to apply for jobs for companies that have registered positions with TrueAbility. You actually apply for the job by taking on the challenges presented on a live VM. It’s a live audition for Linux professionals.
For most computer professionals, we are shy and are not exactly cut out to be salesmen, therefore not the best interviewers. That is not to say that personality is not important, but intelligent people often tend to sell themselves short by minimizing their accomplishments. There is no denying that this presents real world results to potential employers of what you can do without having to sell your skill set. Future employers not only see how well you did grade wise, they also get a playback recording of how you worked through the assessment as well.
Even if you are not applying for a job now, you owe it to yourself to take on some of the challenges they have out there. It really will put into perspective how much you know. The reality is, that even if you have been a Linux administrator or engineer for years, you may not have crossed into certain vast territories that the operating system has to offer such as scripting for open network ports. In my experience, Linux is so awesome it really just runs itself.
I look forward to seeing you out at TrueAbility showing off your mad Linux skills.