Prepare and Get Certified for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) in Milwaukee Area

To certify for Microsoft Office Specialist is a step in a person’s life that could help earn an entry-level business position and an increase in salary. In order to get certified you need to make a plan and a strategy to help you stay on track and minimize the time and effort on this journey as much as possible. First, after you recognized the need for getting certified you need to get familiar with the exam, although it comes at the end. The best way to start the search is to look up the exam objectives and content, and since it is a Microsoft’s product you should hit their website first: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/microsoft-office-specialist-certification-2016.aspx . Here you can chose whether to take MS Office 2016, MS Office 2013, MS Office 2010, or 2007 MS Office System exams. What would be the best choice depends on the job you are aiming to. Also, you will notice that you can take the exam either for only one or more Microsoft Office applications like MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Access and so on. After you decide which exams you want to take look for available study resources online, at your educational institution if you are a student, and check the public library. There are books for MOS certification on Amazon for about $22, Testout’s online course for about $110 for the MS suite which is good for 18 months if you are a college student, or $79 a month if you are not a student. Microsoft also offers online and on-demand training. Find some time to read other people’s experiences and...

Best Ways to Understand Cover Letters and Resumes

Applying for a job is not always the easiest task.  On many occasions, the job you’re applying for has certain skills that apply to the position required.  Those skills can be added to your resume, but on some occasions your resume is not always taken into consideration.  That’s where cover letters come in. Cover letters are personal letters that are written on your behalf explaining your reasoning on why you’re suitable for the potential job.   These letters consist of a warm introduction and a quick interest in the company and position of the desired job, followed with a list of skills correlated to the position and ending with a strong conclusion.  Many times, it should be noted that your cover letter should never solely focus on your skills and accomplishes.  Remember, that’s what your resume is for.   While working on your cover letter, you should always, always look into detail about the company you’re applying for.  This sparks not only your own interest in the potential company, but into the eyes of the recruiter as well. Let’s get into the formatting of the cover letter.  Below is a broken down version of how you should format a successful cover letter. Date, address, and a friendly salutation. 1st Paragraph: This should start with a reason on why you are writing to them, and display tremendous interest to the company you’re applying for. 2nd Paragraph: Briefly describe in detail your skills and qualifications, and why it would be needed for their group/company. 3rd Paragraph: Answer the question on why they should hire you.  This will likely get them to understand you...

How to write quality resume and cover letter

Barreto Iris

Barreto Iris

My name is Iris Barreto (aka Sister Iris Marie). I am a Schoenstatt Sister of Mary getting updated and learning about the world of IT. I began my studies at MATC in the Fall of 2016. Studying the IT Support Specialist program, I hope to be a great asset to my community and to the Schoenstatt Movement.
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Resume and cover letter

How to create LinkedIn profile for IT Computer Support

LinkedIn is an extremely modern and effective way of marketing yourself to employers. It allows you to present yourself along with accomplishments, skills, qualifications, and recommendations to employers. You simply need to make connections with fellow co workers as well as employers. There are a lot of recruiters on LinkedIn looking for qualified candidates, so it is important to make your profile stand out. LinkedIn helps you find people that you may have never come in contact with otherwise. Your network can become very expansive and useful. You may be talking to people in other states or even countries that you never would have come in contact with otherwise. LinkedIn is an amazing tool to help you expand your network. Expanding your network has many positive benefits. These benefits include, but are not limited to: more job opportunities, knowledge sharing, making business connections, and sharing endorsements. To have the most effective profile possible, it is important to fully fill your profile out in addition to learning the ins and outs of LinkedIn. A professional profile picture is an important first step to making a good impression. You should look professional and ready to go. LinkedIn gives you a 120-character headline to work with. Your headline should be straight to the point. Many just use their job title, but that is the bare minimum. You can expand on this and add key words along with a small description of good qualities you have and what you do. Next is your summary; this is where you include your greatest achievements and what interests you. You want to grab the attention of...
Prepare for Conflict Resolution Questions in the Job Interview

Prepare for Conflict Resolution Questions in the Job Interview

How to answer conflict resolution questions during the interview. As a prospective employee, how you handle conflict is tremendously important to employers. To prepare for interview questions that deal with this, consider how you might respond to questions before you sit down with the interviewer. The better prepared you are, the better your chances of impressing the employer. Here are some example questions and explanations of conflict resolution interview questions.   Tell me about your worst boss. This is about as close to a trick question as you will get in the interview. It almost invites you to cut loose with some juicy rant. If you forget how answer this question appropriately or how you prepared for it, just remember to be professional and do not lie. The interviewer might ask this for several reasons. They want to hear either the good response or the bad response and it is your responsibility to know what each are. The interviewer wants to know how you relate to your supervisors despite your opinion of them. Ideally, we have experience with only the most qualified, organized, and professional supervisors. Every boss we have ever had was like a combination of Oprah Winfrey and Yoda, guiding us nobly through employment and bestowing great wisdom. As interesting as that might be, it is not always how reality works. There is a great chance that you have had a few supervisors of widely varying levels of professionalism. You have probably had negative opinions about some of them. If you tend to treat your supervisors with disrespect, the interviewer is hoping to gain clues about it....

CREATE A CYBER-SAFE RESUME FOR ONLINE USE

Evette

Evette

Passionate Information Technology Customer Support Specialist Student at Milwaukee Area Technical College
Motivated and determined Information Technology Customer Support student with an anticipated graduation date of Spring 2018.
Evette
Identity theft is a world-wide problem and is growing at an alarming rate.  When searching for a job online, there is the potential of encountering dishonest advertisers and deceptive websites. To ensure your privacy and protect information about you and previous employers from surfacing on the web, consider adding a cyber-safe resume to your file of custom resumes.  By modifying the content of your resume, you will be able to recreate a line of privacy and protection, which will help deter information circulating on the internet. Limited contact information makes it hard for your identity to be stolen.  Remember, your resume can potentially exist on the internet forever.  Cyber-safe resumes are to be used for responding to online job postings.  Following are a few tips which you should take under consideration when posting your resume online. MINIMIZE PERSONAL INFORMATION:  Remove home address, phone numbers and email addresses.  Instead, include an unlisted cell phone number and a generic email address. SUMMARY:  Remove any specific or thorough information that can identify your place of employment. EMPLOYMENT:  Remove your employer’s name and replace it with a nonspecific but accurate description. EDUCATION:  Remove any dates or specific license/certificate numbers from your education segment. Many potential employers may consider your safe plan of action as desirable, because you are protecting their identity under the assumption you are hired.  Take control of your privacy and add the -SAFE in...