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Who can complete the Cloud Resume Challenge?
Short answer: anybody! It’s a fun way to level up your cloud skills, even if you’re already a professional.
However, the less prior experience you have, the bigger deal I will make out of you.
For example, somebody who completes the Cloud Resume Challenge with no prior IT experience or related degree is going to get personal shoutouts on my Twitter and LinkedIn, personalized code reviews, direct intros to hiring managers, etc.
Who are you and why are you doing this?
My name is Forrest Brazeal. I’m an AWS Serverless Hero and I’ve been building in the cloud for many years. I would not be at this point in my career without the generous help of many people.
I work at A Cloud Guru, a cloud education company, but this is a personal attempt to give back to the community.
Is there a deadline to complete the challenge?
Code review and other personal feedback from Forrest will mostly end on July 31, 2020. After that the challenge will be deprecated, but you can still work on it if you like.
Does completing the Cloud Resume Challenge guarantee I will get a job in the cloud?
No. But I will get your name and resume in front of as many people as I can to help.
Now, fair warning: you will have to open a large number of browser tabs to figure out the challenge. It will take you quite a few long evenings at the kitchen table. You might reasonably conclude that none of it is worth the dubious reward of having a random industry professional share your resume with a few thousand people.
But if you give this project a try and realize that you hate it, or you’re just not interested, you’ll have learned a valuable lesson about whether or not you really want a career in the cloud – because these are the types of problems that real cloud engineers and developers really work on.
And I believe that if you can, in good faith, complete the Cloud Resume Challenge, you will already have more useful skills than a lot of people who graduate from university computer science programs. Specifically: you will understand something about full-stack software development, version control, infrastructure as code, automation, continuous integration and delivery, cloud services and “serverless”, application security, and networking. And you’ll have learned by doing, because I didn’t give you enough instructions to figure any of this out without going down some late-night rabbit holes. Most importantly, you will have demonstrated the number-one skill in a cloud engineer’s toolbox: the ability to learn fast and google well.
Those are skills you can take to a job interview. And I’ll do my best to help you get one.
Can I complete the challenge using [different technology X]?
Yes! Feel free to use different cloud providers, DevOps tools, etc – as long as you have met the end objective described in each step.
For example, Quang Ngo shows how he used GCP services to complete the challenge. Brian Adams did the whole thing on Kubernetes, somehow.
Can I share my solutions online?
Are there other resources I can use to get some professional experience on my resume?
Check out Anthony James’ Kysen Journal – he is paying qualified applicants to build their resume with microprojects. Completing the Cloud Resume Challenge is one way to meet his training prerequisites.
What is the cloud, anyway?
Hey, I wrote a book about that!