How to negotiate Salary and Benefits for IT Computer Support Job

Once you have your resume up to date, your LinkedIn profile completed, and a job interview set up you feel accomplished.  As you continue to apply for jobs you can’t help put to ponder about how much money they are going to pay. This is the scary part to all jobs because after you are graduated you are ready to start living an independent life if you haven’t done so already. This mean you have to earn enough money for you to live comfortably and not have to worry about being late on bills or what have you. But how do you negotiate salary and benefits with your employer? Negotiating may be tricky or overwhelming at first. Since you are new to the IT field you may feel it is your best interest to take whatever amount of money they give you and just gain the experience. But why self-sabotage and lowball yourself?  If you just graduated and this is your first ever job in the IT field don’t over sell it. Of course, everyone wants to make $25 an hour when they are first starting out, but you have to think practically. This is another way of self-sabotaging yourself. When negotiating you should be respectful and professional. They are the ones that are hiring you. Some other tips are to find other employers in the area and to base some wages to that. This helps you know how much is too much to ask for. Also, if you do have the statistics it is just basing this off of facts and not off of greed. Just by remaining...

How to create LinkedIn profile for IT Computer Support Specialist

Creating a LinkedIn profile is very essential in the IT Field. LinkedIn will help possible employers know who they’re hiring better. It is basically like a Facebook or Twitter, but for professional use. While it will keep your potential employers up to date it will also help you with a job search as well. LinkedIn is a very versatile site for every career even in the IT field. But how can you be sure your profile is getting looked at in a serious way? In order to get people interested you’re going to want to make sure your page looks presentable. When you first go on the LinkedIn website you will have to register. They will ask your name, email and password, all the basic stuff. There are 4 different options you can take for your profile. You can do a career option that shows how you compare to other people who are applying and tips on how you can learn new skills for your careers. It gives you information on how to make your resume better, essentially. You have the option to do business which is for new business, sales and hiring. These three are mainly for employers. Going with the career option is viable but you don’t have to pay for the services if you don’t think it will help you. To make your page look professional you’re going to want to have a profile picture. This will allow the employer to know who they are looking at and reviewing. Make sure this is a headshot or just a picture of your face with a normal background....

How to prepare to complete job application and pass skills test for IT Computer Support Job

Preparing for a job application is an essential process. In order to get a job, you’re going to submit a job application. Since the IT field is quite competitive to get in to, you’re going to need to have a well put together application. Employers also do screenings/tests to find out if you fabricated the truth on your resume/application. Since a lot of people tend to stretch out the truth on their resumes, the employer needs to weed out the bad ones. You need to make sure your resume is up to par and that you didn’t lie because when you take your tests they will find out right away. When you fill out a job application you’re going to want to answer truthfully. Job applications will ask about experience, where you went to school, if you have a diploma, relevant references and other job-related questions they have for you. Every place is different, so don’t expect the applications to look the same. Some advice is to treat each job application you do as your first one. The reason I say this is because the IT field is so rigorous to find a job in, you’re most likely going to fill out multiple applications. It is easy to get discouraged and just start filling out tons of job applications in a day without caring what you put out. For example, if you put out 15 applications in a day, I guarantee the last one won’t be as detailed as the first. You will start to get tired and can end up filling out an application just to fill it...

How to create professional resume and cover letter for IT Computer Support Job

Every job application usually requires you to have a resume. Whether it be a prestigious job to just a regular part time entry level job, they usually want a sufficient resume. Since IT is computer based you want to prove that you have the skills to use these Microsoft programs. Always pay attention to details and make sure your grammar is perfect. This is essential in any job you’re going in as well. You also want to make sure there is something about your resume that stands out. Employers want someone that grabs their attention. When creating a resume of course you want to start off with your information. You need your information down in case the employers want to schedule you for an interview. You should start writing your name and bolding it out just so that it stands out. They need to remember your name. Under your name write down your contact information. Where you currently live, phone number and email address. Give them all these different platforms of contact so they can find a way to connect to you. After that you can write down your skills. Putting down soft skills and software skills is very essential as well. They want to know about your personality and what you are good at. Usually this is where you would put your personality traits and languages spoken. For software skills you get to write what you yourself are efficient in. The company wants to know if you know what you’re talking about and if you know what you are doing if they decide to hire you. They want...

Make Travel arrangements for the Business Trip from Milwaukee to Madrid, Spain

Today I am planning a trip to Madrid, Spain for a week because I was chosen to go to shadow a company for a week to see how their IT business is running in Spain. The main goal for this trip is just to see if we can look at their policies and see if we can implement them back to our company. My travel options are either from Mitchell Airport MKE directly to Madrid non-stop or with stops. The cheaper option would be driving to Chicago and boarding the plane from the O’Hare International Airport. A round-trip from Chicago to Madrid would cost around $788, on the other hand a round cost to Madrid from Milwaukee would cost $1108. So I’m going to be taking the cheap route because Chicago is not that far from Milwaukee. Here are the five hotels I have listed that I’m going to consider staying: Hotel Orfila, Artiem Madrid, Only YOU Hotel Atocha, Gran Melia Palacio de Los Duques, and lastly ApartoSuites Jardines de Sabatini. Artiem Madrid costs $106/night so that’s a total or $424 for staying those five days. Only YOU Hotel Atocha costs $157/night with a total of $628. Gran Melia Palacio de Los Duques costs $312/night with a total of $1248. ApartoSuites Jardines de Sabatini costs $247/night with a total $988. I will be staying at Hotel Orfila because it has great reviews online and also for that week its only for $286/night with a total of $1144. After staying there, I will be hungry so for meals I will probably head downtown and get some town food so I...