Windows 10 Productivity Improvements

Cortana Cortana is what Microsoft calls a digital agent. What is a “digital agent”? It’s one of the first things that a new Windows 10 user will experience. I was hoping for James Bond’s computer construct counterpart meets Hackerman from Fung Fury, but technology is not quite there yet. The Cortana software is really an interface to other features of the Windows 10 operating system. If the PC is setup with a microphone and the correct settings, you can talk to it. This has the same functionality as typing in the taskbar. Users will need to click the microphone icon in the taskbar to make her “listen”. Cortana can handle reminders and timers with ease. It can even send emails, manage lists, and calendars. My favorite feature is that it can open apps for you. This digital agent feature is exciting because it seems like budding artificial intelligence technology. I hope I’m around someday when new operating systems only function through microphones and AI. Set These Tabs Aside – Edge Browser I can see you rolling your eyes already. Microsoft’s web browsers are the Nickelbacks of computer technology, everyone’s punching bag. Other, more popular web browsers don’t come with a feature like this. There are extensions available, but those are not always the smoothest apps. Tabs can add up in a hurry. They’re not always relevant but it can be a heartbreaker if we lose them. Users can keep their tabs for later browsing and clear the row of tabs for an uncluttered page with this feature. Simply click the icon when you’re ready to manage the tabs. Multiple...
Prepare for Conflict Resolution Questions in the Job Interview

Prepare for Conflict Resolution Questions in the Job Interview

How to answer conflict resolution questions during the interview. As a prospective employee, how you handle conflict is tremendously important to employers. To prepare for interview questions that deal with this, consider how you might respond to questions before you sit down with the interviewer. The better prepared you are, the better your chances of impressing the employer. Here are some example questions and explanations of conflict resolution interview questions.   Tell me about your worst boss. This is about as close to a trick question as you will get in the interview. It almost invites you to cut loose with some juicy rant. If you forget how answer this question appropriately or how you prepared for it, just remember to be professional and do not lie. The interviewer might ask this for several reasons. They want to hear either the good response or the bad response and it is your responsibility to know what each are. The interviewer wants to know how you relate to your supervisors despite your opinion of them. Ideally, we have experience with only the most qualified, organized, and professional supervisors. Every boss we have ever had was like a combination of Oprah Winfrey and Yoda, guiding us nobly through employment and bestowing great wisdom. As interesting as that might be, it is not always how reality works. There is a great chance that you have had a few supervisors of widely varying levels of professionalism. You have probably had negative opinions about some of them. If you tend to treat your supervisors with disrespect, the interviewer is hoping to gain clues about it....

How to Negotiate Salary and Benefits for IT Computer Support Job

  The salary and benefit negotiation of a new job offer can be intimidating. It can feel like a confrontation or argument. That is not the case in the professional market. These things should be considered obligatory, but important. A hiring company should be expecting a possible refusal of an offer and a possible counter offer. In a case where the hiring manager has an issue with this, that job might be a good one to pass on. Here are some tips for staying professional in the salary negotiation and keeping both parties happy. Know What the Salary Should Be You don’t want to begin the salary negotiation without knowing what the salary should be. Part of knowing what the salary should be is knowing your own worth in the job market regarding the position applied for. Take inventory of your experience, education, and accomplishments. These three things will help measure what the salary should be. Keep in mind that you may want to use this information to effectively sell yourself to the prospective employer. If you only meet the job requirements and not exceed them, you might still have an opportunity to present value in your traits while making a counter offer. How to Find Salary Expectations You shouldn’t have to look past your monitor for this information. During your job search, you should be keeping record of the advertised wage ranges for the positions that you’re interested in. How do those figures relate to the offer that you receive? That could be data you can present when you make a counter offer. Using data in the salary...

How To Create LinkedIn Profile That Stands Out

Making your LinkedIn profile shouldn’t be a difficult or complex task. You’ll have all the information that you need about yourself and job history. Being diligent and thorough is the most important part of making your LinkedIn profile great. I recommend that you have everything ready to go so that you don’t have a partly finished profile posted for weeks at a time.   First, you need a good headshot. If you’re new to the modern job market, you’ll have to put some effort in here. Loading up a pic from your Facebook page and cropping it just won’t do here. This is a step that is best with some help from a friend. Clean yourself up and put on a nice top. You don’t even need to wear pants to get a good headshot. It’s that easy. Follow some simple guidelines about lighting and showing some personality. Remember to make it look professional rather than cool. It can be awkward to smile and pretend to be approachable, but you must make your headshot show this. The more professional it looks, the easier it is for hiring managers to take you seriously. https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/professional-headshot-tips-for-budget   The tremendously important headline is the next thing people will see. This is essentially the written headshot of your profile that is often overlooked. You want this headline to focus on the type of position you’re expecting to get someday or at least to describe yourself exactly the way you want to be seen. This must be appropriate for the profession you’re looking at. Being short and direct here is best. No headline should contain...

7 Essential Resume-Writing Tips

Direct & Short A hiring manager will not want to relive the summer they read through all the Tolkien novels. All the painfully slow details that don’t matter much can get your resume skipped immediately. You want to cut straight to the point and leave out the back-story of every bullet point. That information might be better suited for the interview. Be sure to shorten anything that isn’t immediately relevant to the position that you’re applying for. Easy-to-Read Some fonts have been specifically designed to be easier read than others. Serif fonts are a good example of this. However, old school serif fonts like Times New Roman can look tired and dated. Use something easy and popular like Verdana or Courier. You don’t want the font to set your resume apart from others because it’s a polarizing thing for many people. A great resume can be turned into a turd by some terrible font like anything with the word script or gothic. List Accomplishments This one can be difficult. Accomplishments can be abstract sometimes. The best way to handle them is with some metric. You did this good thing by this amount. Don’t just toss around things you did without offering a reference to the scale of it. An easy way to find accomplishments it to consider the team’s performance if you were a part of one. No Artwork This is not the place for inserting pics or artwork. Of course, you can ignore this if you’re applying for a creative position, but you’re probably not. Too much embellishment can be polarizing for hiring managers, much like a unique...