We’ve Got Top IT Talent” MATC IT Recruitment Showcase – Demonstrate your skills to get hired – April 20, 2017

Vadim Mikhailenko

Vadim Mikhailenko

MATC IT Computer Support Program Instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College
Vadim is a pasionate IT instructor with 20 years of experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and makes students his top priority.
Vadim Mikhailenko
This is your opportunity to highlight your personal experience, skills and accomplishments to area businesses who are looking to hire! Mark your calendar: Thursday, April 20, 2017 Milwaukee Campus Room M605 Time: 4:00PM-7:00PM Unlike the traditional “job fair,” this format is designed to facilitate engagement, and give you an opportunity to stand apart from other job seekers. Download student packet for additional information: Pictures below are from the 2016 “We’ve Got Top IT Talent” Showcase:   Every 20 minutes students have an opportunity to make a presentation for employers at the 2016 “We’ve Got Top IT Talent”...

Tips on Completing Job Applications and Pre-Employment Tests

  So, you’ve written the resume and prepared your cover letter. Now it’s time to submit your job application. You will not find any love for applications here. They are time consuming, repetitive, and a pain to write out by hand. However, many employers still require them so it’s best to be as informed about them as possible. My first recommendation, and this should really apply to everything you do in life, is to be honest. If you “forget” to include a criminal conviction or misrepresent yourself in any way, the company will find out. Most now outsource the application and background check portion of the process to outside firms who specialize in these fields. You can choose to omit certain facts but chances are, it will come back to bite you. With that out of the way, let’s first go over typical questions you can expect to see on a job application. Some examples are: Have you ever been convicted of a crime? What are your career goals? Are you willing to relocate? What are your salary requirements? Why did you leave your most recent job? Of course, I can’t tell you specifically how to answer these questions but I can tell you that, as I said before, honesty is the best policy. Don’t just answer the questions the way you think the employer wants them to be answered because it can set unrealistic expectations and lead to confusion should they select you for a formal interview. You may be surprised to find out, as I was, that some employers now require you to take tests prior to...

How to prepare to complete job application and pass skills test for IT Computer Support Job

Here are some typical standard interview questions that a lot of employers will ask as well as my suggestions with how to answer these types of questions: Why should we hire you? This is the opportunity to sell yourself. It gives you the chance to talk about your skillset, your prior work expierence that applies to the job and the assests that you would bring to the company. What did you like or dislike about your previous job? Be honest with this question. Explain all the good things about your last job and why you liked them.  When explaining things that you disliked stick to things that wont be bashing the company you worked for instead use specific things like benefits or other things that are out of your control. What are your goals for the future? This is your chance to sell where you want to go not only in professionally but in life. This is where you can give a brief shot of who you are outside of work as well as showing you have the drive to work your way up the ladder. Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it. This is a chance to give a specific example of something hard that you were faced with and how you responded and overcame it to me a deadline or finish a hard task that was assigned to you.   These are similar questions to a lot of tests that can be asked to be taken on job applications.  I have included the answers and how/why I chose those answers: What would...

How to prepare to complete a job application and pass a skills test for IT Computer Support Job. (Project 2)

In a competitive field like IT, there are many key factors that can determine whether you get the job you’re applying for or not. Having both a well written resume and cover letter is very important to the employment process, but it doesn’t just end there. Employers are constantly looking for ways to make the applicant screening process more efficient. Some resumes are filled with inaccuracies, over exaggerations, and flat out lies, but for the employer that’s where applications and skills test come in. Over the course of this document I will be giving a few tips on what to expect when filling out job applications and taking skill/aptitude tests. Unlike a resume where applicants provide information about their own background, skills, and work history, a job application is designed by the employer to gain the exact information they need when going through the hiring process. Applications are also used as a tool to compare applicants by having them answer the same questions and then using their answers to determine who fits the position best. When filling out a job application be sure to read it carefully and answer truthfully, but at the same time try to avoid negatives. For example, when asked about the last position you held never say you were fired. Even if you were, there are better ways to word these kind of things without providing incorrect information. Phrases like “job ended” or “seeking a better fit” are better alternatives to use as they don’t have the same negative connotations as words like fired or terminated.  This next tip may seem really obvious but it’s...

Preparing For and Obtaining CompTIA A+ Certification in Milwaukee

The CompTIA A+ certification is a very valuable tool in becoming or advancing as an IT professional. The certification validates a person’s skills in several general computer software and hardware related areas. The certification can go a long way in finding a job or improving your job position. Researching, preparing for, and completing the required exam can be a very complex and multi-layered task. From studying the exam material and practicing to finding an exam location and scheduling, there is a lot to take into consideration. In this report, I will outline and discuss in detail the required tasks for each step, and apply the tasks to my personal timetable. As with any project, detailed research is a very important first step towards success. I believe that beginning with a solid foundation of studying and training is key. There are many tools available, both on and offline, that can prepare you for the journey. For this particular certification there is a vast assortment of books and practice tests available. Using internet search, you can find many retailers both locally and online that carry study guides. There is also a wealth of information online in blogs and forum post by people who have already taken the exams. The input from those who have passed and failed the exam can be very informative throughout this entire process. Using the information from the above mentioned web findings, you can find a vast array of books and study guides to prepare for the A+ Certification exams. Of these books, there are three that were very highly recommended and well reviewed. The first is...