How to build the perfect IT resume!

So, you want to get a job in the IT field? Sure, you went to school, gained the knowledge, have the skills, but so does almost everyone else in the IT field. What is going to set you apart from every other candidate applying for the same job? We’re going to focus on your first point of communication with a hiring recruiter, your resume and cover letter. The first step to finding a job in the IT field is going to be research. Research the companies, research the required skills, and most importantly research how to write the perfect resume. An important thing to know when writing your resume is that companies tend to use artificial intelligence to screen the resumes that flood in. Of course, some companies do not use this method, however you should be safe and learn how to avoid getting skipped by the system. To avoid getting your resume skipped, learn the keywords that the job is looking for and put them in your resume. To do this, you will want to look at the words that are in the job description. These are the keywords they enter into their artificial intelligence program and it will pick the resumes that fit those keywords. This will almost guarantee that your resume will get viewed by the hiring recruiter. Now that you know how to get past the artificial intelligence program and get viewed by the hiring manager, your resume is now put in competition with everyone else’s resume. Employers only spend less than 10 seconds looking at your resume, so it’s important that it looks clean,...

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

Preparing for a career in the Information Technology field is rather straight forward. There is preparation you can do to make it even smoother. When filling out a job application it is important to know everything that is going to be asked on the application and how to fill it out. There are online (email or upload) applications as well as physical applications. Most will just ask simple questions about you and have a response section. Some require a resume to be submitted along with an application. Often times, employers will deploy skill tests to make sure you are as qualified as you claim in your resume and meet their requirements. It may be useful to take practice tests or lookup sample questions on the internet. They will give you technical skill tests along with personality tests, so it’s important to understand your strengths and weakness technically and personally before you begin the application process. Job applications or ads will usually have skill requirements; it is important to understand these and make sure that you include them in your application or resume. Every application that I have ever filled out has had a reference section. Make sure you choose references carefully and ensure that they will give positive feedback. Applications are the first test or wave of screening to see who gets the job, so it is important to be as prepared as can be.   Q: Do you prefer working as an individual or a team? (Personality Test) A: Both. I work great with people, but some tasks are better left to an individual. Q: What is the...

How to negotiate salary and benefits for IT Computer Support Job

There is a lot to take into account when negotiating for job salaries and benefits these days. The expected salary range can almost always be found on the internet, but there is more to it than that. You need to compare and contrast the benefits, such as health care, paid vacation, signing bonus, 401k, stock options, and retirement options. When all is taken into consideration, sometimes the job with the higher salary is not the better job, and sometimes it is. The company’s goal is to pay you the least they can, and your goal is to get paid the most you can. It is important to learn some tips and tricks, as well as doing some research to be prepared for salary negations. The first thing I do when looking for a job is check the internet to see what the low, high, average, and median salary is for the job I am looking for (www.payscale.com is a good place to check). Payscale will show salaries in particular locations as well as nationally. This is important because it protects you from being low-balled if you have an idea of how much you should be paid. It is important to not be overly aggressive if you care about getting the job, as an offer can always be rescinded. One thing that can ruin your chances of negotiating a better salary, is offering too much compared to what they are asking. You absolutely must be realistic. However, by no means take the job if they are not offering you an adequate amount. Once you have the salary figured out the...
Getting Hired for Information Technology Job – Preparing for the Interview

Getting Hired for Information Technology Job – Preparing for the Interview

While a well written resume can help you get noticed, it is ultimately the interview and more importantly, how well you do during it, that will get you the job you are seeking. The better prepared you are for the interview the better your chances of making a good first impression. Follow these tips to be ready, set, and prepared as possible: ▪ Research the company- Learn as much about the company and job you are applying for as possible beforehand. Go on the company website, and social networking sites to learn about what the company does and how you can add to their success. ▪ Gather materials- Bring a copy of your resume, list of references, and samples of your work or examples of previous achievements to the interview. ▪ Think about answers to basic questions- Why are you looking for a new job? What is it that interests you about this company? What skills do you have to offer? These are just a few of the basic questions that you will most likely be asked. Have an answer in your mind ahead of time to show that you serious about obtaining a position within the company. ▪ Be prepared to discuss salary- Have a salary range in mind ahead of time that you would like to achieve. Make sure this range is comparative to the position you are seeking, and set a limit of the lowest amount you are willing to accept. ▪ Have examples to share- Go to the interview prepared to offer examples of past successes, achievements or proof of skills that are valuable to...