Episode 48 – The Power Of Your Online Identity with Troy Hunt

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Troy Hunt lives on the Gold Coast in Australia. He is a Microsoft Regional Director, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and a Pluralsight author on web security and other technologies. Troy also travels the world speaking at events and training technology professionals on how to build more secure software.

In this episode Troy tells us why it’s important for us to have an online brand or profile and how you should start if you don’t have one. Troy also talks about independence and why a passion for what you do will make your life a lot happier.


Time Stamped Show Notes

(00:49) – Phil introduces Troy Hunt

(01:18) – Troy explains that he doesn’t actually work for Microsoft even though he has some nice Microsoft titles

(01:42) – Troy says that he’s not responsible for any of the bad things they do and is only partly responsible for some of the good things

(01:49) – Troy says that he is independent and does a lot of blogging, online training and speaking around the world


(02:05) – Unique Career Tip: Troy Hunt talks about the value of having an online brand or profile

(02:29) – It was not something Troy had himself eight years ago but thought it would be a good idea

(03:02) – Troy says that he would love to have more independent verification of how awesome someone is when they apply for a job

(03:22) – “Can I find anything to show that you have been doing what you say that you’ve been doing”

(03:30) – Make sure that you have some form of online identity, even if it’s only minor, to show what you’ve been doing over a period of time

(03:40) – Phil asks Troy about where someone with no online presence should start and Troy suggests blogging because it can be done at nights or weekends in very small amounts

(04:19) – Troy mentions his talk “Hack Your Career” where he covers leveraging effort


(05:22) – Worst Career Moment: Troy Hunt talks about working for Pfizer for fourteen years

(05:50) – The first five years as a contractor

(06:06) – Pfizer offered Troy the security of a permanent role with a 25% pay cut, which he took

(06:22) – When Troy left nine years later he had got back to the same level of pay

(06:32) – Troy realised on reflection that there had never been any career path for technical people

(06:47) – Troy believes that he only gets to do what he does now because he went through many years of miserable pain


(06:59) – Career Highlight / Greatest Success: Troy Hunt talks about the opportunities he has to speak, to work commercially, travel and to do what he wants

(07:24) – Troy says that he recently did a keynote speech for Pluralsight at their live event in Salt Lake City, just before Michelle Obama

(07:53) – Soon after this Troy testified in front of US Congress in Washington D.C. about data breaches


(08:49) – What Excites You About The Future of a Career in I.T.? Troy Hunt says that it’s a combination of things but he never knows what’s coming next

(09:13) – “Things could have fundamentally changed overnight”

(09:33) – “It changes so quickly and there are so many opportunities”

(09:39) – It’s a buoyant place to be and is the future and a cool thing to be a part of


(09:52) – The Reveal

(09:57) – What attracted you to an I.T. career in the first place? – “I liked the independence of what you could do and create with a computer”

(11:00) – What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? – “It’s more a general work ethic learnt from my parents”

(12:28) – If you were to begin your I.T. career again, right now, what would you do? –”I’d still be in the development space but with that security orientation as well”

(14:09) – What career objectives are you focusing on right now? – “I haven’t really thought about it. I love the idea of independence and being able to have confidence that I don’t have to work if I don’t want to”

(16:11) – What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far? – “Communication”


(18:23) – A Parting Piece of Career Advice: Troy Hunt talks about having a passion for what you do

(18:48) – Troy says that he loves the technology and what he does and is happy to get up early, stay up late, work weekends and not necessarily at the sacrifice of family

(19:14) – Finding a job that allows you to exercise your passion makes life a lot happier


3 Key Points:     

  1. Make sure that you develop an online identity to show what you’ve been doing
  2. Your career is a culmination of experiences that you can leverage
  3. If you have a passion for what you do then your life will be a lot happier


Resources Mentioned:

  • troyhunt.com– Troy Hunt’s website
  • LinkedIn – Troy Hunt’s LinkedIn profile
  • @troyhunt – Troy Hunt’s Twitter handle
  • Talk – Troy’s “Hack Your Career” talk on YouTube
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