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Create a successful resume

Creating a resume is a process.  There are many things you must consider as this is a huge piece of your job search.  You have to find the correct type of resume, fill it out with relevant material, and in my opinion, have it reviewed by a credible source. There are many different types of resume, many based on the kind of role you are aiming to fill.  There are four types, and each have their own use: Chronological, Functional, Combination and Targeted.  Chronological is as it sounds, an overview of your experiencing going back over the last 10 years or so. This gives employers a view of not only your experience, and also lets them see if there were any gaps in your history.  Listing every position you have, can show versatility, though this can be a double-edged sword. Too many positions in a very short period of time can be a negative to an organization as they are less likely to invest in a person that is very unreliable in their role stability.  Functional resumes focus more on the abilities that you offer to an organization and less on the work history itself. This is useful for those that do have lapses in their work history, as well as those with little experience or are changing career paths. Combination is a mesh of the chronological and functional, aiming to show what skills you can bring to the organization as well as the history that you have career wise.  This is a good choice to help set yourself apart from other candidates as it lists the most current...

Be the Ideal Candidate

Preparing for a role in IT is something that isn’t for everyone.  The technology is ever-changing and lives in a very fluid environment.  There are many things to consider to prepare: Certifications, Knowledge, and Training are three key areas.  I will discuss these with you and hopefully give you some key insight into the role. Knowledge is key in terms of preparing for your role in IT.  There is a lot of information out there available to take in, and learning how to do this effectively can be hard.  As much as people make it out to be all about what’s in your head, it’s more about using what is in your head to aide in locating through resources at your disposal to answer the problems you face.  Google and internet searches are your friend when it comes to troubleshooting steps and tips, and also a great resource for learning new things as well. Youtube was not always around, and many people underestimate the use of it in learning new things regarding IT.  I like to describe this as “IT is all about 10-pounds of information being put into 5-pound sacks. It’s not going to fit. In IT you need to know the 5-pounds, and where to locate the other 5.” You can’t be expected to know everything in these roles, but you can learn to be as good as you can with what you already know, and know who or where to go to, to find the rest. Training is the next part of the puzzle when it comes to preparing.  Trainings typically cost money, and are either...