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Reaching Out to My Network

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I wasn’t sure where to start for reaching out to my network on my job hunt, found some great advice from The Muse

Here’s the message that I’m getting out to my world:

As you may know, I’ve spent most of the last two years with Chef Software, working with major Chef customers on successful infrastructure automation rollouts and the adoption of DevOps tools and practices.

I am on the hunt for new opportunities in DevOps implementation and leadership, which could span infrastructure automation, continuous delivery, cloud migration, and compliance/security. I’m reaching out to you to ask for your help with any leads or contacts. As I was let go as part of a recent corporate re-organization, I’d like to secure a new position by mid-June.

If you know of any job opportunities or leads that you might be able to share with me, please send them my way. Below is a summary of my recent positions, sample job titles, some parameters that are guiding my job search, and links to more detailed background material.

Thanks in advance for your help! I hope you are doing well and hope to catch up with you personally soon.



Recent Experience:

Customer Engineer, Chef Software (2014-2016): Worked with enterprise Chef customers to ensure a successful automation strategy and implementation, and advocated for adoption of DevOps culture. Wrote code for core Chef bugfixes/features and cookbooks.

Cloud Engineer, Rally Health (2012-2014): Operated a HIPAA-compliant social network platform comprising hundreds of nodes in AWS EC2 with team of three other engineers. Supported software engineering team in feature development and roll-out.

Senior Web Engineer, AARP (2008-2012): Managed web, application, database and development machines to serve 3 million pages/day for AARP.org, the United State’s largest membership organization. Mentored team of four system administrators in Scrum-style approach to work management.

Sample Job Titles:

  • Senior DevOps Engineer
  • Director of DevOps
  • Manager Cloud Operations
  • Web Operations Manager
  • Senior DevOps Consultant
  • Cloud/DevOps Architect

Ideal Institutions or Companies:

  • Forward-looking public service, such as 18F or U.S. Digital Service
  • Scientific research support, such as NOAA or NASA
  • Established NGOs/Non-Profits, such as World Bank or NPR
  • Newer companies with established revenue stream
  • Established companies with a commitment to modern IT practices


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