Mistakes to Avoid When Looking for an IT Computer Support Job

  According to the report, conducted by career website, AfterCollege, from a March survey of 600 college students, 79% of students have done at least one internship in the past six months, but 57% of those internships were unpaid and 76% did not result in a job offer. Below are some of the mistakes recent graduates make. Not applying for enough jobs According to the survey, 44% of students only apply to between one and five jobs at a time. Students should go after 30-40 jobs at once. I agree that it makes sense to consider numerous possible employers, but I think it’s also wise to set your sights, on one firm or a handful of companies where you feel truly motivated to work. That said, you shouldn’t wait around for your efforts to bear fruit. Do pursue alternatives in the meantime. The best-case scenario is that you get more than one offer and can use it as leverage to negotiate the terms you want from your target employer.   Failing to do enough of their own networking. While 57% of students say they wish their schools offered more networking opportunities, there are students that don’t take it upon themselves to ask their career offices for help. Half of students either haven’t used their school’s career office, have had a bad experience, or feel the office needs improvement. I have begun to connect with MATC alumni to see where they stand, ask questions about the market, and begin new relationships. Alumni can teach students about the day-to-day realities of a job, how to craft a resume, how to interview,...

Windows 10 Productivity Improvements

Cortana Cortana is what Microsoft calls a digital agent. What is a “digital agent”? It’s one of the first things that a new Windows 10 user will experience. I was hoping for James Bond’s computer construct counterpart meets Hackerman from Fung Fury, but technology is not quite there yet. The Cortana software is really an interface to other features of the Windows 10 operating system. If the PC is setup with a microphone and the correct settings, you can talk to it. This has the same functionality as typing in the taskbar. Users will need to click the microphone icon in the taskbar to make her “listen”. Cortana can handle reminders and timers with ease. It can even send emails, manage lists, and calendars. My favorite feature is that it can open apps for you. This digital agent feature is exciting because it seems like budding artificial intelligence technology. I hope I’m around someday when new operating systems only function through microphones and AI. Set These Tabs Aside – Edge Browser I can see you rolling your eyes already. Microsoft’s web browsers are the Nickelbacks of computer technology, everyone’s punching bag. Other, more popular web browsers don’t come with a feature like this. There are extensions available, but those are not always the smoothest apps. Tabs can add up in a hurry. They’re not always relevant but it can be a heartbreaker if we lose them. Users can keep their tabs for later browsing and clear the row of tabs for an uncluttered page with this feature. Simply click the icon when you’re ready to manage the tabs. Multiple...
Windows 10: Differences Between Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer

Windows 10: Differences Between Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer

With the introduction of Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10, Microsoft introduced their new web browser called Edge. Both Edge and Internet Explorer still have tabs, private browsing and both are still powered by the Bing search engine. They both have about the same speed and performance and both also still some of the same settings such as download management and privacy. If you are familiar with Internet Explorer than you will definitely see the similarities. Although the two browsers share some things there is are also a lot of differences. With Edge, Microsoft brings their digital assistant, Cortana, to desktops. Cortana can easily pull up pictures, information or search results while you are still browsing. All without you ever having to leave the page that you are on. You can access Cortana either with a connected audio device such as a microphone or by clicking on the Cortana search bar and typing in what you are looking for. With Internet Explorer your only option would be to leave the screen you were on to open up a new tab and search using Bing or any other search engine. Another new feature in Edge is reading mode. If you dislike seeing ads while you are reading news, sports or any other articles, reading mode will remove these ads from the screen while it is activated so you can enjoy your reading undistracted. Edge also let’s you draw, highlight and mark up any page that you are on without ever leaving the actual page. You can pretty much do whatever you want to the page and then you can export...
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...

How to Negotiate Salary and Benefits for IT Computer Support Job

  The salary and benefit negotiation of a new job offer can be intimidating. It can feel like a confrontation or argument. That is not the case in the professional market. These things should be considered obligatory, but important. A hiring company should be expecting a possible refusal of an offer and a possible counter offer. In a case where the hiring manager has an issue with this, that job might be a good one to pass on. Here are some tips for staying professional in the salary negotiation and keeping both parties happy. Know What the Salary Should Be You don’t want to begin the salary negotiation without knowing what the salary should be. Part of knowing what the salary should be is knowing your own worth in the job market regarding the position applied for. Take inventory of your experience, education, and accomplishments. These three things will help measure what the salary should be. Keep in mind that you may want to use this information to effectively sell yourself to the prospective employer. If you only meet the job requirements and not exceed them, you might still have an opportunity to present value in your traits while making a counter offer. How to Find Salary Expectations You shouldn’t have to look past your monitor for this information. During your job search, you should be keeping record of the advertised wage ranges for the positions that you’re interested in. How do those figures relate to the offer that you receive? That could be data you can present when you make a counter offer. Using data in the salary...