no matter how many technologies you are familiar/proficient with there will always be a longer list of technologies for which you have little to no familiarity or proficiency.

it is this second list whose members will jump out at you most when looking through job descriptions.

don't let the second list intimidate you. every skill in the list of things you count as your skillset was once listed on the second list, too.

@djsundog Great insight and advice!
I also like to look at these folks from the perspective of: "Cool! I was curious about X and maybe I can learn about X from them."
And it applies the other way for your own experiences, too, just like it goes both ways in your toot.

@djsundog another thing i've noticed is that while many people are comfortable with "their" technologies, a great deal aren't comfortable operating in the in-between areas.

if you're experienced in the fuzzy areas between technologies, your skills are probably much more in demand than you realize.

do not discount all the "glue" scripts you've written, those are called "pipelines" in enterprise... ;)

@djsundog also please stop writing me emails using words like "catastrophe" just because you've been using one system for 20 years and I swear the new system does the same things and doesn't crash as often and the back button works and you can reload a page w/o it crashing and maybe just learn to use it, yes I get you're proficient in the other system but please try

@djsundog Yes, but counter-point: those were 2nd-list skills back when your livelyhood didn't depend on knowing those skills.

@vertigo that's about half of my list transitions, the weight of survival pushing particular skills up the lists. not my favorite way to learn by far, but choices have been made.

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