Week 5. Project 01. How to create professional resume and cover letter for IT Computer Support Job

Class 05.  Project 01.  How to create professional resume and cover letter for IT Computer Support job.   Tips on Creating a Professional Resume Grab your current resume (or organize your work experience and education information) and give it a professional boost with these tips: Select the best resume type. There are several basic types of resumes used to apply for job openings. Depending on your personal circumstances, choose a chronological, functional, combination, or targeted resume. Taking the time to choose the best type of resume for your situation is well worth the effort. Make it legible. Your resume should be easy to read. You want the hiring manager to easily read and absorb your work history and accomplishments. Therefore, use a legible font (such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri). Make sure the font is not too big or too small (choose a size between 10 and 12). Also, be sure that there is enough white space on the page to make it easy to scan. Avoid dense blocks of text and use standard margins. Use white- or cream-colored paper if you are sending a physical resume – colored paper can be very distracting. Be consistent. Professional resumes need to have consistent formatting. For instance, if you use bullet points to describe your responsibilities and achievements at one position, be sure to use bullet points on all other positions as well. Also, make certain that the bullet points are formatted the same way throughout. For example, don't use circle bullet points in one section, and diamond bullet points in another section. Be consistent with font, font size, and style (such as use of bold and italics). Keep it focused. It's important not to include...

Week12. Project 04. How to negotiate salary and benefits for IT Computer Support Job

Week 12.  Project 04.  How to negotiate salary and benefits for IT Computer Support Job   The best time to negotiate a Salary Package: Most career experts will say you have the most leverage in negotiating a salary after you have been offered the job; at this point, the employer is certain they want to hire you. However, avoid trying to negotiate immediately after receiving the offer and before getting additional details on the rest of the compensation package. You need to take some time to consider everything being offered. Also, try your best to avoid bringing up salary or, if asked, giving specific figures during the job interview. That time should be used to find out more about the job and to determine whether you want to work for the employer. Know the Job Description and Requirements You can't be expected to negotiate fairly if you don't have all the information you need. If you have any outstanding questions about what you will be expected to do, the results you will need to produce, and any other benefits or perks the employer offers, find the answers to those questions before you start talking about how much you'll get paid. Research is Key to Salary Negotiation Make sure you do some background research to find out what the going salary is for the type of job you are being offered – one with similar responsibilities. Consider Other Forms of Compensation Being Offered If the salary you are offered falls short of what you had been hoping for, don't overlook other benefits the employer may offer. Some of the following benefits...

Week 10. Project 03. How to create LinkedIN profile for IT Computer Support

Week 10.  Project 03.  How to Create LinkedIN profile for IT Computer Support   Standard Steps to Create a LinkedIN Profile: Your name should only contain your name Your headline should be catchy and have keywords and phrases that you would want to turn up in Google search results Photo should be taken by a professional Social proof is important online, so make sure you have at least 500 connections. This leads to credibility and authority on the web. Add all relevant contact information Customize your website names to attract your target market Customize your profile URL Update your status daily that adds value to your network. This could mean your latest blog post, presentation or some content you found that is worth sharing. Use keywords and phrases that you and your business would like to be found for online Write in the first person Speak directly to to your target market so they can self-identify Add a video or slideshow. Many people prefer to watch rather than read Tell people to click to play video as it is not that obvious Keyword load your skills and expertise section Use the “Projects” section to highlight free reports, downloads or to showcase the products and services you are promoting Again, keyword load your current and past work history Use keywords and phrases when filling out your “Experience” section Make sure you have at least 10 recommendations Add any volunteer experience you may have including causes you support Add any significant media awards, recognition and achievements to enhance credibility in the “Honors & Awards” section Join 50 groups     On...

7 tips to improve your resume when searching for an IT Support position

7 Resume Tips Quality over Quantity – Having a lot of information can actually be harmful to your resume, as well as draw attention away from, and weaken, the high quality information that you have included in your resume. By including a lot of information that you don't really need, it creates more work for the person evaluating your resume and can even be a distraction. It is important to be able to pick out quality information; two pages of mixed information is actually worse than 1 page of high quality information. I will further expand on what I mean by high quality information in the below points. Be Precise and Relevant – Know what the employer is looking for and highlight your strengths. Research the job requirement and the company mission. Include any information that you think is qualifying and useful; exclude information that is irrelevant to the job description if you believe your resume would be more efficient without it. Keep it Organized – Follow a logical format and stick to the pattern, for IT, it is best to list your skills near the top of your resume. You do not want to list the same categories in different parts of the same resume (that would be very inefficient). It is generally very simple for IT recruiters to weed out inferior resumes when comparing your skills with their job requirements. Listing your skills at the top will allow them to quickly decide if you are qualified or not; it will allow them to better focus their attention on the rest of your resume. Sell Yourself – Your...

Preparing for the IT Interview

  By: Rudy Neihous   All past personal and work experiences help to prepare you for an interview. The foundation begins with tasks including home chores, a paper route, and babysitting. You then apply your talents and skills in the “real world” to perform work duties for a paycheck. All help to prepare for when you must make a living to maintain existence in the world today. In order to land that job to provide for your longevity, there are critical steps to take to land the interview where you can display your talents, successes and value to an organization. To have the opportunity to interview, you have already overcome the first few hurdles of an impressive cover letter and resume. The next task includes preparing for the interview. While there are many items to consider, the focus here will be four key elements to interview success for an IT job: research, interview questions, interview attire and follow-up. Perfect execution of all will help to create a strong profile of you as a value IT asset to any organization. Never under-estimate the importance of researching a company. The information you will compile is of great value to you. When you research the company, you will have a better foundation of the company’s products or services, allowing you to better engage with the interviewer and ask direct questions. A quick win is to check an organization’s website and their Twitter and Facebook sites. Indeed.com is another powerful tool where postings can provide greater insight into what matters to an organization.   Postings of articles allow an outsider to ascertain more about...