How MATC Prepared me for Success in IT Computer Support

In today’s job market people have come to realize that the interview and not your resume and cover letter ultimately land you the position that you’ve went through all those years of IT Support classes for. Interviews often include behavioral tests, the point of these tests it’s that they are based on the premise that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior, so often times recruiters use these questions when assessing possible employers during an occupation interview. There are many variants of behavioral questions during an interview, one of the most common is “What is your greatest weakness?”. Recruiters often times ask this question to get a sense of how well you know yourself. Mention skills you have improved on, remaining positive and most importantly being honest. A recruiter will automatically discredit you, if they catch you in a lie at any time during an interview. The chances you ever had at landing a job with this recruiter’s business would instantly go out the window. When trying to remain positive you can come with the approach that skill or proficiency that the skill you’re not so talented at, is irrelevant to the job. The strategy of mentioning skills that you’ve improved on recently shows that you’re the type of person who is always pushing to improve yourself and also mentioning ways that you are improving on your weakness helps. Another important behavioral question that is often included in interviews is “Why should we choose you for this job opening?” This is your chance to give to hit it out of the ball park so to speak. Ideally...

How to Negotiate Your Salary: Practical Tips

Whenever you are just hired at a new job there comes a point where you need to negotiate your salary and benefits for your IT computer support job.  This can be pretty monumental for your happiness because it determines on the income you have to make your life comfortable and to have the things you like and to be able to do the things you want in life to make you happy. Also the benefits which will add extra advantages to your life, that could be potentially life changing. The first step in an effective negotiation with your employer to maximize your salary and benefits is too research salary reports for in your area for an IT computer support specialist, so you know what the highest and lowest people are being paid in your field of work. After researching online, I came to the median price of $46,000 which in my opinion is pretty solid. There are several sites to find this information such as Glassdoor.com or Indeed.com, these sites are fairly easy to use and are very reputable. You can also find more information on these sites about IT computer support besides information about the average salary. Having this starting knowledge is vital in order to know what you’re talking about when negotiating with your employer. Another important task is how to negotiate with your employer without upsetting him because doing so you can dramatically affect your salary and benefits and rarely can you re-negotiate so this is another important key to have down effectively. Since you already know how much the average salary for your IT computer support is in...

How to Create an Effective Linkedin profile

In a recent data it was acknowledged that says an extremely high 94% of recruiters today use social media in their recruitment efforts. That also covers the whole job spectrum from line cooks too business men. In reality Linkedin has changed the whole online job recruiting job searching environment, people are still coming to terms with the change but it’s already happened. With the importance of having an effective Linkedin profile empathized I will go over how to create an effective Linkedin profile that would help anyone no matter your skill level. First of all, you have to treat your Linkedin profile like it’s an advertisement for yourself. You are showing the type of person you are through your profile. With this in mind the first task would be having a picture for your profile. Ideally you want this to be a picture of your face, this needs to be a simple picture where you are just looking at the camera normally. Making sure you look well rested and smiling. You are going for the professional look where you are giving off the image that your authentic and trustworthy. The second task is coming up with a good headline, you are given 120 characters at the very top of your profile page. There is where you explain to potential employers, what is it that you contribute to the world, the majority of the people usually the put their official occupation title. Linkedin is effectively a search engine for possible employers, so making sure you have words that describe well and is authentic. The third task to creating an effective...

How to prepare to complete a job application and pass skill tests for IT Computer Support Job

When completing a job application for a IT Computer Support job they have a particular set of questions when compared to most other occupations. I will list the most common questions and their respective answers on job applications for an IT computer support job to get anyone prepared to complete an application. “What interests you about this job?” This is one of the most common and important questions on a job application and could determine heavily if you have a follow up interview and chance at landing a job. When you answer this question concentrate on one to two components of the job that match well with your proficiencies. Illustrate your experience with these components of the job, using specific examples from your past occupation experiences. Try to stay away from talking about how you would prosper from the job. It makes you appear you care more about yourself then the business or organization. But still you want to show you want to show your passion for the position and also that you are qualified enough. “Why should we hire you” This is another question that is one of the most common questions asked on an application. It is a question about the company in reality they are actually asking what makes you qualified person for the job. To answer this question your answer should be brief but comprehensive. Keep in mind that potential employers hire employees to figure out a problem, develop a brand, streamline different areas of the work place. Your objective when making your pitch is to demonstrate that you’re the most qualified person to solve...

How to Create an Effective Resume and Cover Letter

Writing a resume and cover letter for a job doesn’t have too difficult, in fact it can be quick and easy. First you start off with the heading, which includes your Name, address, telephone number(s) and email addresses. Having a professional sounding email is key because some people’s email addresses are inappropriate and could give the wrong idea to your potential employer. Then next section below the heading would be your professional objective. If you are just entering the job market, like myself you want to include a precise statement of what you want to accomplish at this job potentially. Also you would include your qualifications or any experience you had in other job fields prior. After the professional objective the education section is next. In the education section you run through your educational background, the whereabouts and name of the university or college that you attended and also your grade point average and Major and minor areas of study. In the next section employment history, you include any company name you’ve worked for as well as the length of employment and job titles. Also if you volunteer, or work for any co-ops, or have any internships and service learning work. All of that should also be included. The next section below that would be the responsibilities statements, which is selection information from your job description that a conceivable employer could find of interest. The accomplishment statement would be the next thing to include on your resume. The accomplishment statement displays your accomplishments and contributions to an institution. Take note that your profession keeps track of your performance. The...