How To: A Job Interview Guide

     When it comes to landing the right job, there are many important factors that play a part in determining whether you get hired or not. From resumes and work experience to personality and assessment testing, there are many details that are helpful to know. Out of everything that goes into getting hired the most important factor by far is the interview. For some people job interviews can be an intimidating experience as it plays such a vital role in determining whether the company and candidate will make a good match. Although it may seem nerve wracking being put on the spot and having your job history analyzed, it’s a process that can be easily mastered through knowing what to expect. Achieving the best results on a job interview relies heavily on preparation, professionalism and how well you sell yourself as the ideal candidate for the job. Over the course of this document I will, from research and personal experience, touch on all three of those themes in the form of three topics: How to plan what to wear and what to bring to an interview, how to answer conflict resolution questions during the interview, and finally how to answer salary questions during the interview. So with all that being said let’s get started.   Part 1: What to Wear and What to Bring   First impressions mean a lot, especially when it comes to meeting with a potential employer for an interview. Skills and experience mean a lot but with first impressions its really image that matters. The reason image matters so much in an interview is...

How to Negotiate Salary and Benefits for Information Technology job in Milwaukee

The process of finding the right job can be a challenging one, from putting a resume together and submitting an application, to making through an interview. One of the most challenge situations you may find yourself in during the process is when you’re negotiating with an employer for salary and benefits. Situations like these can seem to be very intimidating, especially for a young graduate or someone who is relatively new to the field their applying for. Negotiating is a skill that doesn’t come naturally for everyone, and depending on how well you do it and what type of job you’re applying for, it can be seen as a major asset to a potential employer once you actually have the job. Even if you’re not a great negotiator, or it makes you feel uncomfortable, try to remember that the entire purpose of putting together a resume and going to interviews is to sell yourself. Employers are always looking to hire workers to do the same job for lower costs, so while you shouldn’t go into negotiations with unrealistic expectations on pay, you also shouldn’t undersell yourself either. It’s very important to know what your skills are, how much you can benefit the company, and what the average salary is for the position being applied for. With all that said, let’s go over some important things to know when negotiating for salary and benefits. My first point may seem repetitive, but it’s worth repeating; it is ok to negotiate. Some people are ok with taking the first offer given to them, but if you think your worth more it doesn’t...

2016 Guide – How To Create Quality LinkedIn Profile for IT Job

We live in an age of technology where most job openings are posted online and most applications and resumes are submitted electronically. In this age of technology it is especially important to maintain some kind of online presence. Social media websites like Facebook or Twitter have their uses, like connecting with family and friends or keeping up with celebrities and pop culture news. While all of that may be fun and useful to a point, when it comes to projecting a professional image and connecting with other professionals or potential employees it can be hard as sites like Facebook are more geared towards personal use; this is where LinkedIn comes in. Like Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn is an online social network with the big difference being it’s designed specifically for professional networking and aiding users in their job search. A tool like this is incredibly useful when working in any field but when it comes to the field of IT it’s almost a necessity, so with this short guide we’re going to go over everything you need to know when creating a LinkedIn profile. The first step to creating your LinkedIn profile is navigating to the website LinkedIn.com. Like most websites, you will be given the option to sign in or register as a member. One thing you may want to keep in mind before registering is whether or you want a basic account, which is free, or a premium account which comes with a monthly (or yearly) fee. Although a premium account has its benefits, for most job seekers a basic account will do just fine. After you’ve...

How to prepare to complete a job application and pass a skills test for IT Computer Support Job. (Project 2)

In a competitive field like IT, there are many key factors that can determine whether you get the job you’re applying for or not. Having both a well written resume and cover letter is very important to the employment process, but it doesn’t just end there. Employers are constantly looking for ways to make the applicant screening process more efficient. Some resumes are filled with inaccuracies, over exaggerations, and flat out lies, but for the employer that’s where applications and skills test come in. Over the course of this document I will be giving a few tips on what to expect when filling out job applications and taking skill/aptitude tests. Unlike a resume where applicants provide information about their own background, skills, and work history, a job application is designed by the employer to gain the exact information they need when going through the hiring process. Applications are also used as a tool to compare applicants by having them answer the same questions and then using their answers to determine who fits the position best. When filling out a job application be sure to read it carefully and answer truthfully, but at the same time try to avoid negatives. For example, when asked about the last position you held never say you were fired. Even if you were, there are better ways to word these kind of things without providing incorrect information. Phrases like “job ended” or “seeking a better fit” are better alternatives to use as they don’t have the same negative connotations as words like fired or terminated.  This next tip may seem really obvious but it’s...

How to create personal resume and cover letter.

No matter what field or industry, today’s job market, especially in IT, is as competitive as it has ever been. Degrees, certifications, and work experience are key, but a well written, carefully organized resume and cover letter can be the difference in getting the job you want or being overlooked. When entering the IT support field skills like communication, knowledge of certain hardware and software, and working well within a team are important to have. What’s equally important is how well you get this information across in your resume. When most people hear the word resume, they think of a page in a half of bullet pointed skills and a brief job history. This might be good enough for a teenager looking for an after school job, but it’s not enough to impress most employers. A professional looking resume is a must, and having skills that apply to your chosen field is ideal, but it is also important to make sure your resume stands out from the stack of resumes employers receive on a regular basis. When it comes to creating an effective resume, sometimes it’s less about a generic list of skills and accomplishments, and more about how you use it as an opportunity to convey to a potential employer the benefits of hiring someone like yourself. When adding important information to your resume like skills and qualifications, you should take time to think of creative ways to talk yourself up without sounding cliché.  For example, listing something as general as “good customer service skills” may come off as boring or uninspired, which can then cause a potential...