So, you want to work here. Great! Maybe you were referred by an employee here or saw a posting on This blog post is a blueprint on how you can apply successfully.

Have a Short & Tailored Resume

We receive a ton of resumes for each position we post. Nearly all of them look the exact same to us.

Your relevant job experience should fit on one page. The second page can be used for education, certs, or non-relevant jobs that you still want to list. (Skip descriptions and duties if they aren’t relevant! We know what a retail position is.)

Take the time to highlight your relevant experience and skills. Include specific examples of things you have done. For instance, “Configured & deployed > 100 Meraki MX appliances from scratch” is better than “Firewall configuration” or “Meraki Experience”.

Skip the objective portion on your resume — we’ve never seen a relevant one.

Be Proactive and Reach Out to Us

The owners here are easy to find on LinkedIn, email, Facebook, etc. Find us and let us know you applied. Tell us why you wanted to work here. Why one or two things makes you the perfect fit for us?

Do Your Homework on Us

Poke around this website, know what our values are. One candidate had even found our GitHub repo, how good do you think he did?

Find current employees here on LinkedIn, ask them what it’s like to work here. Do they like it? Why? Why did they apply? Would they recommend us to you?

Interview Prep

Most of our positions have 5 steps to the process. (1) Resume and application, (2) phone screen, (3) interview with our director of operations. (4) interview with the team you’ll be working with, and (5) an interview with the president.

The phone screen is typically the shortest, to narrow us down to a list of qualified candidates.

The team interview is often the hardest, your future colleagues are vetting you to see if they want to work with you!

As you get further down the line be ready to talk in detail about things you have done. If we ask you how you’d configure a widget start at the very first step. “I’d unbox the product and plug it in to the network. Next, you log in at and change the admin credentials. After that…”

Be ready to tell multiple stories about projects you’ve worked on, those that went well and those that didn’t, the best bosses and the worst bosses you’ve worked for and why. A time someone asked you to do something you considered unethical. The biggest thing you’ve learned personally in the last year, the best thing you’ve done professionally this year.

Details, details, details. Be specific in your stories!

Finally, be ready to talk about where you want to be in 1, 3 and 5 years. You don’t need to have your whole life planned out but we want to know if we’re the right fit for you.

Good Luck

We’ve written this to give you a blueprint for success in the process. Tell us in the process that you read it by using the codeword Rochambeau on the top of the first page of your resume.

Yesterday I got to taste some of the cleanest, freshest, coldest water I will have in my entire life. I didn’t realize that at first.

I was about seven miles into a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and I was out of water. I had passed some dead and stagnant pools of water that I can draw from in an emergency but was holding out for a better source.

Near the top of the ridge I passed over a small stream and so there wasn’t much water there. At first, I was a little incredulous. To draw enough water I was going to have to hike down at least 25 or 50 vertical feet and slowly fill up my water filter.

I sullenly hiked down. It wasn’t until I got further down I realized that the stream was small because that was the spring bubbling out of the side of the mountain. This was living water. I was as close to drinking cold, fresh and pure water as I could be.

But my perspective had to change.

  1. I had to literally get down so I could observe that this wasn’t a small muddy stream but a fresh spring
  2. When I got down I realized that there was as much water that as I needed
  3. I had to change my mindset to realize that this was a privilege and not an inconvenience.

The stream I came across wasn’t good enough, the spring I drew from was the best. The only difference was my perspective.

As a leader to anyone the only thing you earn solving a problem is the privilege to solve a bigger problem.

Big problems mean you’ve had big earnings.

The highest performance athletes all have a common thread in their workout structure. Over the course of a week, they have at least one “easy” workout day and one recovery day — typically no workout.


To perform at the top of the game you have to give your body time to heal itself and let muscles grow back stronger. If you only workout you’ll only tear up your muscles and never give them time to grow back larger.

Incredibly, this is true in the workplace as well, as high performing individuals tend to take more time off than their less productive counterparts.

As you look forward to a holiday weekend don’t try to outwork the other guy by working an entire holiday. Think about how you can give your mind and body the time and space to recover, to recharge, so that you grow stronger.

in many (most? all?) areas of life there are two areas that you will be judged on:

results: how well did you do, especially compared against a reasonable goal or standard.

how you treat people: were you kind? did you go the extra mile when it mattered to a person?

how early you rose, how late you stayed, how much you sacrificed — all of these are apparitions. they are void of all meaning without results and treating people beyond well.

Beyond success lies the place where you are the most you that you can be.

Spend time each day thinking about who that person is, what they are like, what they do, how they do it, why they do it.

Focus on that person and success will be a milestone on your way to your goals.

(If you don’t like that person, this would be a good time to imagine a different person!)

Acting professional does not make you professional.

Being a professional will lead you to act professionally.

There are two words in the English language you should use regularly, “thank you.” There are two words you should use to respond to that, “you’re welcome.”

Not “no problem.”

It was a problem.

Maybe it was a small problem.

Maybe it was a big problem.

You don’t know what size problem it was to the speaker who told you, “thank you.”

But your action, large or small, solved their problem.

“You’re welcome,” accepts their payment of appreciation. “No problem,” declines it.

Let them pay you with appreciation.