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 It is important to not be overly aggressive if you care about getting the job, as an offer can always be rescinded.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...

Salary Negotiation Tips and Tricks for IT Computer Support Specialist Jobs

As this is a second to last project, I find it to be one of the most important. Negotiating a salary and the benefits that come along with it to be of the most paramount of facets involved in advancing my career. In order to develop a consistent style in how I will approach salary negotiation, just as important as all of the energies that I put forward as far as resume and interview strategies. In order to develop a technique that will work consistently, I must establish a paradigm of how to work best with the available resources that are at my disposal. In looking at several of the websites indexed I amongst Google results I find statements with varying degrees of difference, ranging anywhere from loose thoughts on monster.com to extremely technical descriptions of negotiating styles available on sites that are specifically designated for the different levels of employment. As this has been a year where even the executive office of American politics is concerned with an individual that stresses negotiation as a definitive aspect of any deal, I find some inspiration in knowing that the employer seldomly comes forward with is best offer right off the bat. The necessity of negotiating is as demonstrated by several members of the professional community I necessity in gaining greater wages and benefits. As has tended to be the response of employers to finding individuals who negotiate their salaries actually more valuable than those who do not, I find it necessary to develop a style of negotiation that can serve me best when working with very employers. The importance of...

Establishing a LinkedIn Profile for IT Computer Support Job

In developing a strategy for creating a concise profile on LinkedIn as it associates itself with IT careers I first found it necessary to research and investigate materials related to the LinkedIn community and how it can best serve me in my job search. I found myself first navigating to the LinkedIn community and using the on-screen prompts to create a profile. After establishing the requirements necessary in order to begin my profile I began to look at some of the keywords especially as they described skills and techniques that I have developed over the years. In trying to designate an occupation that I am interested in I looked at other profiles in the IT area of LinkedIn and sample some of the keywords used by other members in describing their skills and talents. As this is the first semester of my applying myself to the IT support field many of the required fields inside of the LinkedIn profile will need to be addressed as I continue in my education. Courses in soft skills and courses that prepare me for certification in the varied areas of IT support will be seen as chronological changes in my preparedness for employment. In order to best explain the process of working within the LinkedIn community I must first look for a paradigm for use of explanation. I will use the GUI or graphic user interface as a model of icons and symbolism that will determine my use of the portal. As is listed in the home screen of the LinkedIn community the first Icon to the right of the home screen is...

How to negotiate Salary and Benefits for IT Computer Support Job

Once you have your resume up to date, your LinkedIn profile completed, and a job interview set up you feel accomplished.  As you continue to apply for jobs you can’t help put to ponder about how much money they are going to pay. This is the scary part to all jobs because after you are graduated you are ready to start living an independent life if you haven’t done so already. This mean you have to earn enough money for you to live comfortably and not have to worry about being late on bills or what have you. But how do you negotiate salary and benefits with your employer? Negotiating may be tricky or overwhelming at first. Since you are new to the IT field you may feel it is your best interest to take whatever amount of money they give you and just gain the experience. But why self-sabotage and lowball yourself?  If you just graduated and this is your first ever job in the IT field don’t over sell it. Of course, everyone wants to make $25 an hour when they are first starting out, but you have to think practically. This is another way of self-sabotaging yourself. When negotiating you should be respectful and professional. They are the ones that are hiring you. Some other tips are to find other employers in the area and to base some wages to that. This helps you know how much is too much to ask for. Also, if you do have the statistics it is just basing this off of facts and not off of greed. Just by remaining...

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...

Getting Hired for Information Technology Job in Milwaukee Metropolitan Area

Getting hired for an Information Technology job is process that you must be prepared for and by doing so that will increase your odds in acquiring the position. So as a future candidate you should be aware of many obstacles that comes in interviews. Therefore, before the interview you should be focused and dialed in at the tough task at hand. Also, the night before you should be rehearsing and getting ready for this very important interview. Get plenty of rest the night before and eat a very healthy and hearty meal before the interview. So, the guide in getting this IT position is very essential. With that being here are some tips to help with specific scenarios that appears in interview, like for example answering tough questions and what your response should be. In a lot of interviews employers like to ask many questions about a future candidate’s personality. The reason those are common questions is because employers to need know that they’re are hiring someone that can get along easily with co-workers and customers. Therefore, your response to those personality questions should be completely honest because you want to make sure that they will accept you for who you are. As well as verifying that you’re a perfect fit for the company. Another common question that employers like to ask is “What is your greatest weakness?” Whenever you are asked to question you should answer the question as honest as possible. Reason being is because you don’t want to falsely say that you can execute something because the employer might expect that to be completed by you....