How and Why to Create a LinkedIn profile for IT Computer Support

  There are several reasons to create a LinkedIn account and profile. LinkedIn is a preferred site for professionals performing job searches and looking to start building their professional network. It is a good promotional tool for organizations to clients as well as future employees. Furthermore, the tool can be used to build a network of suppliers or references for your business; it is a forum to publicize all about an organization. Perhaps you are starting out in the workforce and need to build a network of contacts to help with job leads. Or you could be like me, changing careers, learning something new and exciting. Receiving an Associate’s Degree for IT Network Specialist. And currently working on an Associate’s Degree for IT Support Specialist. After a twenty plus year career in Automotive and Equipment, I am trying to start a career in Information Technology. Like many others, when I started working in the workforce, there was no Internet dependency like there is today. You could not type in a name into an electronic search engine and get several responses to pop up. Today, such simple keystrokes will bring up one’s Twitter, Facebook, Myspace accounts and LinkedIn profile. If you were an employer, there was no real way to check out a candidate without making phone calls to references or past employers. Outside of an interview, there was no way to get a feel for what the person was like or what kind of decisions they make. Fast forward to today, where the Internet is alive and full of places where people will “advertise” their lives on the world...

How to Prepare for a Job Application and pass a Skills Test for an Interview in the IT Industry

We all want to be able to write a great cover letter and resume to get a valuable position in the IT field. However, that is not the only area you will need to prepare for. You will need to decide just what type of IT job you want or are qualified for. To find out what opportunity best suits you, you should take a skill or aptitude test to identify where your skills are strong and what you need to work on. Then you can research job postings and using contacts with people in the field, understand what certifications, training, or technical diplomas would likely be needed for the respective job. I would stress the importance of researching the company that is posting a position. You can learn a lot from a public profile of a company. You can also learn about what that company’s direction is, and how your skills can best help them move forward with success. Researching a company may be critical to gaining an interview. The information you can learn will help you prepare for an interview when you get it. Your research helps you to create questions on the company’s culture, dynamics, directions, or products being developed. First, prepare a rough draft or outline of a cover letter and resume for the position you settled on pursuing based upon certifications and skills you have. You will be able to critique your resume and cover letter later. For now, you should prepare yourself by taking a sample aptitude, or skills test, and try to practice questions that may be asked in an interview. You...

Keys to Building a Resume and Cover Letter for an IT Support Job

On the path to finding a rewarding computer support job, you will need to develop the key pieces of information that employers and hiring managers will be looking for. Success includes showcasing skills and talents in your cover letter resume. There are multitudes of research materials on this subject including both video descriptions and tutorials. The information on the cover letter and the resume can be found from searches on the internet. For this informational document, we will look at several options. First, we will look into why you need a cover letter or a resume. Second, we will describe who will be looking at your cover letter and resume and why organizations find value in this information. Finally, how you can find information on building a resume and cover letter for an IT Support position. A cover letter and resume are your first introduction to a prospective employer. Just going into a company and filling out a job application will not win you an IT Computer Support Job. Using online research, up to 87% of all job applications are not filled out correctly or completely. You will need to give an impression of yourself to a hiring manager or employer which requires one to properly fill out an online job posting, include a meaningful cover letter as well as have an adequate resume. You will need to overcome some obstacles to get your resume in front of the right people making the hiring decision. During the initial hiring process, some employers will only spend 7 to 15 seconds looking at a candidate’s resume. A recruiter helps to review...
Differences Between Windows 7 and Windows 10 Editions for Support Users

Differences Between Windows 7 and Windows 10 Editions for Support Users

  In the computer industry whether you like Apple – IBM – Compac – Dell – Hewlett Packard. Each maker needs to come out with system updates ever so often for lots of reasons. Users ease to navigate or user friendly fixes, Security, increased speed of processing, etc. Apple Computers does not use a multi-platform update software they create their own updates that you need to download and upgrade to. Such as El Capitan, Snow Leopard, etc. IBM, Hewlett Packard, Compac and others use Microsoft Product base. Such as Windows – XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10. Windows 7 over time has become a pretty solid system. That is both my opinion and lots of other users who have made comments on YouTube videos, and chat sites that I have seen. A lot of people don’t want to be forced to change but that is what Microsoft is forcing by not creating updates any further for the Windows 7 platform. They are now investing their time in Windows 10. At Milwaukee Area Technical College all of the PC’s have been upgraded to Windows 10. Which has given me time to use the platform and see some of the differences from 7. Which there are many but I will only discuss a few here that most people will see. First of course is the changes in download or upgrade process. Telemetry reporting, Then the Start Menu or Start screen and the Run dialog box. Default Internet Search Engine-Web Browser Platforms, Changes in Desktop Gadgets and Monitors   First differences you will notice if you do your own upgrade or install....