7 Steps to Improve Your Presentation Skills

Focusing on the audience. Focusing on the audience can help make them think more about what you are presenting to them. Deleting extra lines off your slides. Putting too much written information on your slides can sometimes take away the attention of the audience. Rehearsing. Rehearsing is good in that it can help you feel more comfortable. Dress to impress. Making sure that you are dressed appropriately lets the audience know that you are serious. Know your audience. Know who you are talking to and use the proper language and content that will be interesting to them. Prepare a good opening. A good opening is very important because the opening will let the audience know if they are interested or not. Adjusting to the audience. This is harder to do but watching the audience and how they are reacting to you and then making changes to your presentation will help you keep the audience’s...

Creating a LinkedIn Profile

  There are many reasons why you should have a LinkedIn profile. Here are a few reasons that having a properly filled out LinkedIn profile can benefit you. LinkedIn can make finding a job easier since a high percentage of employers are using it to look for good candidates. Using LinkedIn and actively being on it can also help you expand your network. The bigger your network is, the better chance you will have of being found when people search for things that are related to you on LinkedIn. Another thing it can help with is with your research of a company that you might be interested in applying and working. When you are creating your LinkedIn profile, you want to make sure that you take your time and have all the information that you need to properly fill it out. Having a LinkedIn profile and having one that is properly filled out are two different things. If your profile is not properly filled out, it could turn away employers that may be interested in you. Don’t rush it and make sure you fill out as much of it as possible. One good feature of LinkedIn is that it keeps track of your profile and will let you know how filled out your profile is. A very important part of filling out your profile that can get overlooked is making sure that you have a good profile picture. You should also make sure that it is a clear, professional picture and should only have you in it. You wouldn’t want to use a picture that has you and your...

Negotiating Your Salary and Benefits

  Most of the times when you are offered a job, you will be asked or offered what you will receive as pay and what health and other benefits you will get. It is important that you look into what other people who are working the same or similar job as you are being offered are getting. This can help you to know if what they are offering you is fair and whether you can negotiate with them for more or not. There are certain things you can do to help you be prepared for this. In this article I will go over some things that can help you with negotiations and why they are important. The first thing that you should do is research what others in the computer support field are making. With the technology that we have nowadays, there are countless ways that you can research what kind of wages others in the computer support field are getting. An example of this is through the internet. One website I found that is detailed is glassdoor.com. On this website it shows you the average, a scale from low to high and what other people working in related fields are making. Another website like glassdoor.com is indeed.com. On indeed.com you can look at what support specialists in your area are earning as well as surrounding areas. One downside to some of these sites are that they require you to make an account before you can look at more details. An interesting fact is that MATC also keeps track of some of this information too. One thing that is...

Preparing for Skills Test and Completing Your Application

When preparing to complete an application for an IT support job and getting ready to take a skills test for that job, you need to know what the employer is going to be looking for. These will of course be based on the position that you are applying for and differ depending on any prior experience you might have from previous jobs or education. When looking at skills, you should look at both technical skills as well as personal skills. Technical skills are acquired most of the time from school or experience in doing something where as personal skills will be more based on you. Some examples of a technical skills are; technical writing and coding and programming. Examples of personal skills are; critical thinking and problem solving. I will start out by going over a couple skills that are important when applying for a support job. One of the most important things employers are going to be looking for is your communication skills. Some important aspects of having good communication skills are being able to listen, being respectful and having an open mind. Most people believe that IT professionals can work well without good communication, but this is not true. Most of the times, IT professionals will be working together as a group. You will also work mostly with people who are not as computer savvy as you, so your communication skills will help you be able to better explain things to the people you are helping and work better together with your coworkers too. Another skill that you should have is good time management. This is because...

Creating a Resume and Cover Letter for an IT Position

  Writing and creating a good resume and cover letter are very important in helping you secure any job. There are many options available when it comes to creating your own resume. One example could be hiring someone to create your resume for you. In my personal opinion and through my experiences though, learning and having the ability to write and create your own resume is a skill that will be helpful to you throughout your life. In this article I will go through some things that can help you create your own personal and professional IT resume. Before creating your resume, you want to make sure that you always present yourself professionally. This is both in person and online. With social media now days, employers and prospective employers could look at your social media accounts to see what kind of person you are. Your image is unique to you so you want to make sure that it is a good one and that it looks professional when and if anyone sees it. When writing your resume and cover letter, you want to make sure that it is written with good organization and that it is polished. Correct spelling and punctuation are a couple examples of being polished. Some hiring managers see hundreds of resumes a day and if your resume is hard to read or confusing and there are spelling mistakes all over the place, chances are that it will just get thrown away so it is very important that it is properly organized. Before writing your resume, you will want to create your cover letter. Your cover...