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7 Essential Tips for Writing Your Resume

7 Essential Tips for Resume Writing By Eddie Alexander The world of job seeking and the workplace itself is always evolving and because of that our methods of finding and securing employment must constantly change as well. The days of a simple plain resume have passed by and we as jobseekers must move forward as well. Some practices will always be used and are unlikely to change even in the far future. Those attributes are what I like to call things essential to resume writing. Here are 7 essential tips for writing your resume. 1) Keep it professional. Your resume is like a doorway to the professional world. It is likely the first point of contact between you and potential employers. Because of this very reason you should take utmost care to ensure that your resume is the absolute epitome of professionalism. What this means you should not include; pictures, political, religious or personal beliefs. Anything that is not considered safe for work should not be included in your resume. 2) Be Consistent. As you complete your resume be sure that the skills that you outline in your summary and those pertaining to your work experience align. It is a good practice to do a self- inventory and compile a list of all the skills that you have mastered and acquired through experience and education. When you are done with your master list select the most pertinent to the job you are applying for and make sure they are presented accurately on your resume. 3) Utilize specific keywords. This tip is essential when submitting electronically. Most employers requiring you...

5 Tips for Negotiating a Better Salary

5 Tips for Negotiating a Better Salary By Eddie Alexander While finishing our education and heading out to start our new careers we often contemplate the financial benefits of the new jobs we are applying for. The opportunity to obtain higher paying and relatively stable jobs is the reason many of us chose to pursue IT jobs in the first place less than half of us will even try to negotiate for higher starting salary. The idea of asking for more money definitely makes me uncomfortable and it is something I rarely equated with searching for a new job. However; todays job market and the growing need for qualified IT workers might give you the incentive to assertively ask your new employers for what you are worth. Here is a list of 5 tips for preparing to negotiate for a higher salary in today’s job market. 1) Research. Like any number of other things preparing to negotiate for a higher salary demands research. Find trustworthy online resources that detail the industry average salary for the position that you are applying for. Sites like Glassdoor, monster and salary.com can offer insight into what the industry leaders are paying for the positions that you are applying for. A position with a wide range between the bottom wages and highest means you should ask for about mid- range if you are not very experienced and towards the higher number if you have adequate experience and are extremely competent. 2) Draw up a proposal. After doing your research and before going into your interview draw up a proposal that outlines not only what...

Preparing For a Job Interview

A Guide to Interview Preparation By Eddie Alexander                    As many of us finish up our education and venture out into the job market we can often be intimidated by the prospect of searching for a new job. We can remove most of this trepidation by being prepared. Although every situation and employer are often unique, we can prepare in certain areas that are mostly universal. The major areas that can be addressed are: researching the company that you are applying to; common questions asked during an interview; what to wear/what to bring to an interview; and how to follow up with potential employers after an interview. I believe that if you complete some basic preparation in these areas you can relieve some needless stress and maybe even perform better during your next interview. Researching a Company Before an Interview.          Before an interview and even better before even submitting a resume to a company it is always a good idea to do a little research. Research allows you to become knowledgeable about the company. The initial information that you should search is the pertinent information relating to the position you are applying for. Secondary information you should seek out is leadership within company, mission statement of company and any core values held by the company. Additionally, you should also try to find out as much about the social atmosphere of the workplace and how the employees interact with each other on a day to day basis. Some wellsprings of information could be: (1) The company’s main website....

Everything You Need to Know to Successfully Complete A Job Application and Pass IT Pre-Employment Skill Test.

Beyond completing your resume and find the perfect job to apply for there are a few more details that will need your consideration. The first is the actual job application. Job applications serve many purposes, but the top reason is so that the employing company can gather information to determine a candidate’s qualifications for the job and to measure and compare this information between all eligible potential employees to find the ideal employee. Because at times companies may scrutinize a job application heavily it is vital that you have the correct information represented on your employment application. In some cases, an employer can terminate employment for information entered on an application that turns out to be incorrect. Whether you did enter information incorrectly can be perceived as dishonesty. For these reasons it is imperative that you prepare yourself to fill out the application as accurately as possible. An extremely helpful tip is to compile all the necessary information beforehand. If you make sure that you have all the appropriate information ahead of time you can be sure to fill out your application correctly with all the required information with no blank spaces left on your application this also makes you look professional as well. Some of the information that employers need, and you will need to acquire are:  Social security number. License number and other such information.  Educational information, certification numbers appropriate addresses.  Personal contact information including email, phone and street address  Prior work history contact information including supervisors’ name and official position name. company addresses, and phone numbers and email addresses as needed. Personal...