Greetings, Welcome to another information article here on the MATC IT Support website. Today, we will be going over some tips and tricks I feel will help you along in getting your first IT Support job. Getting your first IT Support job is likely going to be the hardest thing to do in your IT career. Why? Well, in my opinion, there are a couple of factors. The first one is that you may only have minimal experience, or even no experience at all, in IT. To take it one step farther, this might be your first job ever. You may have no experience in writing a resume, or even what to do for an interview. However, do not worry. Getting that first IT job may not happen overnight, and it might be better for you if it doesn’t. That way, you can get some experience under your belt in dealing with a resume, an interview, or just plain looking for the job. Here’s what I would suggest in helping you look for that first IT job: Use Google (or another search engine), but be smart about it Google is easily the most popular and largest search engine out there on the internet. Typing something into the search box will get you possibly millions upon millions of results. So typing in “IT Support job” should be the best thing to do right? Well, yes and no. Sure, Google will likely give you millions of search results for IT Support jobs. However, how many of those IT Support jobs will be local? If you don’t mind relocating, this might be the route...
Greetings, Welcome to another information article here on the MATC IT Support website. For this article, I will be talking about the different types of computer ailments (or malware) that are out there, such as viruses, spyware, worms and others. I’m sure everyone has experienced one of these different “illnesses” during your time using a computer. Some of these ailments might not be too bad, but most can be downright nasty. They can either change or delete files, make you go to websites you don’t wish to go to, or just plain make your computer not work at all. While these all can be nasty, what is the difference between one or the other? Such as what makes a Trojan a Trojan? We will start off with viruses: Virus A virus is a malware program that replicates by inserting copies of itself into other computer programs, data files, or boot sector of the hard drive. Computer virus are often spread through email with attachments or instant messaging. Be very careful about opening any attachments or links sent by someone you don’t know. One of the most famous viruses was the “Melissa” virus back in March of 1999. It spread through Word documents that were sent through email. When someone clicked and opened the Word document, it would infect the host computer, along with sending the same exact email (and virus) to multiple people from the host computer’s address book. Worms A worm is a stand-alone malware program that replicates itself in order to spread to other computers. Worms usually use a network to spread themselves, looking for a security...
Greetings, Welcome to another information article for IT professionals here on the MATC IT Support website. Today I will be talking about the food you eat and the amount of activity you do, and how it can affect your productivity at work. This goes without saying, but people who don’t eat very well, and minimal to no exercise during the day are going to feel sluggish. This is even worse for IT professionals, seen the majority of the jobs in IT are not very active, mostly involving you sitting at a desk or a very small amount of walking. However, just because you are an IT professional doesn’t mean you can’t be in good shape, nor should you use that as an excuse for being lazy. Here are some tips and tricks to get yourself back into shape, and increase your productivity at work. Let’s start with foods: Fresh Fruit Fresh fruits should be a staple of anyone’s breakfast or lunch. Bananas in particular are a healthy snack for breakfast, lunch or anywhere in between. Bananas are loaded in potassium and B vitamins, which can help slow down digestion and blood sugar levels stable. Oranges as well are an important fruit for you in the workplace, especially if you work in a small office area. Oranges (and most other citrus fruits) are packed with vitamin C, which helps with the immune systems so that you can avoid colds and other aliments. Water Water, water, WATER! This might sound like a surprised to some people, but water helps so much in the human body, including keeping energized. The rule of...
I just wanted to share with you that I was just offered a three month contract with good potential to get hired on, at Crosscom. They are an IT consulting firm for Kohl's department store. Just thought I would share the good news with you. Thank you for all of your advice, especially with the internship course, over the past couple of years! Thank you, Justin Peterson, (June, 2015)
"I cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed my experience at MATC IT Computer Support Program. I have made so many friends and good people. Along with that I received knowledge to help me with my career. I really enjoyed many of these classes. I really like the mobile device classes. I am not sure where technology will go but I am along for the ride and this program helped get me on my way!!! “ Andrew Jones, (May, 2015)
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“I just wanted to reach out and thank you for your help at MATC - there were many bumps in the road - I was just offered a new job in support - and the salary is $47,000 a year - I am overwhelmed that an associates would yield this sort of compensation. Again thank you and I'll be in touch for more schooling at some point I am sure.” Chris Taschner, (June, 2014) text message
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