Prepare and get CompTIA A+ Certification

The IT career field can be very competitive, even though there are many IT jobs out there doesn’t even there is someone else fighting for that position. Having a degree in IT is great but sometimes its not enough, having certifications in your field can be a huge boost in your job search. A great certification I recommend getting for any IT position is CompTIA A+ certification. It’s a popular certification that a lot of employers may look for. Figuring out how to achieve a certification can be a little confusing so that’s what I am going to go over. I will go over how to achieve the certification, the cost, where to take the certification, the study and more. First what is CompTIA A+ about, this certification shows that you are better prepared to troubleshoot, and problem solve, you understand a variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile device and security.  A lot of it may be overwhelming but not to worry there are studies and practice exams you can take to prepare yourself! The main test does cost money I will get more into detail about that later, but there are many practice exams for free, so you want to take the practice exam till you feel confident. There are two exams that you will need to be taken such as A+ 220-901 and A+220-902. These exams are needed for the certification and both cover areas of the field. CompTIA A+ 220-901 the first exam will go over assemble components, install configure and maintain devices, PC’s and software for end users. Understand basics...

Best free online training courses for an IT Computer Support Professional

In the field of IT, certifications, accolades, and qualifications are increasingly important to obtain alongside a college degree. In fact, not only are certifications useful, but in many cases they are expected of a job applicant to have. However, for people trying to get started with their careers, the combined price of training and the certification itself, can be quite expensive. Luckily, there are many free resources and online training courses out there to help us prepare at no cost. Resources Cybrary.it – Cybrary.it is free online training resource that provides courses and training for a variety of certifications such as the CompTIA A+ at no charge. All you need to do to access their resources is sign up and create a free account. Cybrary.it is focused mainly on video training courses and less on practice exams, but if you do want practice exams, you will have to subscribe and pay for them. Professor Messer – Professor Messer is a free online training resource that includes the following certifications: Comptia A+, CompTIA Netowrk+, CompTIA Security+, and Microsoft 70-680. The resources they provide include training courses, videos, course notes, pop quizzes, and study groups. ExamCompass – ExamCompass  is a great resource for CompTIA practice exams and quizzes. They have practice exams for CompTIA A+ 220-901 & 220-902, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+ certifications. The quizzes are helpful for you to hone your skills in specific topics without taking a full practice exam; they are also useful in preparing you for the practice exams. CrucialExams – CrucialExams is a resource for the CompTIA A+, CompTIA  Network+, and CompTIA  Security+ certifications. At no cost, it provides practice...
2017-2018 Best Computer Schools and Information Technology Degree and Diploma programs in Milwaukee Area

2017-2018 Best Computer Schools and Information Technology Degree and Diploma programs in Milwaukee Area

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Prepare and get certified for HDI SCA in Milwaukee Area

  The HDI SCA is a very prevalent certification among those in the information technology industry, and is one of the first certifications you should consider getting. In order to obtain the HDI SCA you must first understand the basic purpose that it servers is to teach you: incident management, critical thinking skills, effective communication strategy, improving customer interaction, as well as managing difficult customers. This is a very useful skillset to possess in any IT support job. Once, you understand what the HDI SCA is all about, the next step is to prepare to take the exam. There are multiple methods you can choose from to prepare for the HDI SCA.  The internet has many different resources available to you, some for free and some not. Before you start taking practice exams it is wise to research the general content of the HDI SCA exam (http://www.thinkhdi.com/education/courses/hdi-support-center-analyst.aspx). The first step in preparing yourself for the HDI SCA is to create a study plan. You want to take your time and create a realistic plan that you will stay committed to. I find it’s best to stretch studying out over the course of many weeks. There are many different options to choose from when it comes to studying for this exam. You can go the free route and try to find information on the internet or you can take lessons such as the ones that CBT Nuggets offers (https://www.cbtnuggets.com/it-training/hdi-desktop-support-sca-hdi-sca). For you to maximize your chances of success it would be best to exercise as many options as possible until you feel comfortable with the content. Usually, I like to take...

How to Prepare for Job Application, Skills Test in IT Computer Support

Part of the application process you might encounter when hunting for an IT Support position is a skills test. This skills test can take many forms. The company you’re applying at could have an in-house assessment or use a service. There’s a good chance that the test might just be the interviewer asking a few basic IT support-related questions, like a verbal quiz. On the other side of the skills test coin is the personality test. This personality test is less of a test and more of a compatibility check. What you encounter in the job hunt could change from company to company. Personality Tests This can be used by a hiring manager to understand how an applicant might fit into the work environment or relate to customers. This is not a pass or fail type of test. A long list of qualified applicants can be narrowed down quickly with a personality test. Desirable personality traits could differ depending on the team, clients, or company culture. The best thing to do with a test like this is just to expect it. These things can come in any of several flavors or styles. Some are true/false and some are multiple choice. The most desirable traits in IT support will be emotional intelligence and empathy. Skill Test Examples Typing speed test: This basic test could come up in a job interview or a job application process. You should be concerned if you’re not up around 35-40 words per minute. You can find several free websites with interactive tools to help with this. Take a couple tests for yourself at home. One...

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

So you don’t have experience in IT yet and you want to land an IT job. A classic resume won’t do you any favors. The classic chronological resume is great for some seasoned professional who has been in the industry for years. That person should be able to flaunt examples of their personal knowledge of systems, networks, and all associated technologies. A hiring manager is going to read hundreds of these resumes. If you’re fresh out of class or still in the thick of it, your chronological resume might not stand out much. What you need is the functional resume. This functional resume style will help you to stand out and be a fresh face that a hiring manager might need to see. The functional resume focuses on the less substantial things like education, soft skills, and ambition. You still want to add some work experience to the functional resume, if you have it. Hiring managers like to know if, and when you’ve been working. Gaps in employment could furrow brows even after your shiny new objective section just blew their hiring socks off. Functional Resume To-Do List Gather your key information – Keep your work experience dates and addresses in a separate file. Backup this file to a few different drives. You need to have accurate records of your work experience, and you’ll reference them often. You’ll rest easy knowing you have this tedious stuff saved somewhere. Gather your key words – Flip through your textbooks and copy down plenty of industry keywords. These will be needed to have your glistening, pristine functional resume picked up by all...