How to Write a Better IT Resume

Matt Schmitz/ June 21, 2017

I’ve really been meaning to write this out for a while – but since I’ve been doing a lot of interviewing recently, I figured it’s about time. I’ll be completely honest here, the first few iterations of my resume absolutely sucked. I had a family member help me put one together, and I slowly modified it from there – but

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Migrating IP Addressing Schemes

Matt Schmitz/ May 24, 2017

Back a few months ago, I wrote a bit about why it is important to have a good design for IP addressing schemes (part 1 and part 2). As a brief refresher, the situation I found myself in was an environment where practically everything was assigned a 10.x.x.x/16 subnet – even if we only needed a handful of hosts. When

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Alright – Now What?

Matt Schmitz/ May 11, 2017

So it’s now been over two months since I finished college and obtained my magical piece of paper. It has been interesting to finally have some free time to do things that I want to do, and not having to constantly balance my time between school and work. So now that I’ve had a bit to sit back and take a break,

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You’re Not Perfect: Admit Your Mistakes

Matt Schmitz/ April 4, 2017

Working in IT is always quite an interesting experience. You get to work with a ton of different people from varying backgrounds and skill sets. Sometimes you work with people who have been doing IT their entire life, and sometimes it was a complete career change for others. However, it never ceases to amaze me how many people from any

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College vs Certification – Which is better?

Matt Schmitz/ March 28, 2017

As of the beginning of this month, I have officially completed my four years of trying to balance working full time and going back to school. I finished up my last college classes and now I can sit back and appreciate having some free time to myself again. I’ve never been really into the concept of school, but ultimately I went back because

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Why Have a Home Lab?

Matt Schmitz/ March 21, 2017

If you really want to become great at something, you practice it a ton, right? Well networking and IT work exactly the same. You’re not going to become an expect by just reading a ton of tech books and blogs. While those certainly help, there is nothing better than simply getting your hands dirty. Having a good home lab setup

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Want Change? Make it happen!

Matt Schmitz/ March 7, 2017

Too often, it seems like a common component of office culture is complaining about the issues. “Why do we always do things this way? It’s not the right or best way.” Even when things are running smoothly to most, there will always be someone who believes that things are not being done right. Occasionally you might get lucky and someone

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What’s your hesitation?

Matt Schmitz/ February 28, 2017

One thing I have found in IT is that sometimes the real question that needs answering is some form of: What is holding you back? Whether it be people who take longer to get to tasks they don’t like, or whole teams who think accomplishing something just isn’t possible. Change takes time, and we can get there one step at

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Why isn’t everything done “the right way”?

Matt Schmitz/ February 14, 2017

IT work is never truly black and white. There are thousands of possibilities, and thousands of ways that those possibilities don’t turn out the way you had expected. It’s easy to walk into a new job, look at the environment, and wonder “What were they thinking?”. But it’s another thing to be in the moment and have to make a

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The Argument for Standardized Configurations

Matt Schmitz/ January 31, 2017

There are quite a few things that you don’t realize how great they are until you don’t have them anymore. For me, one of those things was standard guidelines for device configurations. At my last job, documented standards were extremely important – we had them for everything. While some devices might ultimately be configured in a slightly different manner to accommodate

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