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...

How to create LinkedIn profile for IT Computer Support Job

Timothy Berres

Timothy Berres

IT Support Technician at Amazon
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LinkedIn can be very exciting and fun to fill out, so make sure you take an effort to attempt it. Some people recommend placing your profile picture first, but if you do not have a good one, I would consider filling out some of the basic information first. It’s a great way to get to know yourself and others. You can network with friends and experts, find great ways to land that career you are looking for, or even get great material to expand on your IT knowledge. Remember to have fun with it, be professional, and remember that you can always come back to it and edit things. If you are unsure what to write, consider skipping a section and work on the ones that you are confident filling out. For starter, making a headline is simple as it may only include a few words. I used to try to make this sound fancy, but I’ve learned that mastering the basics is key in IT. This also shows honesty which is important. Writing something like computer expert, or network engineer when you don’t have years of experience or are new to the field will not help much with landing the job you need or are qualified to get started. I currently use my exact job title at my job, since the company is well-known, I also use the company name in my headline. Another one I like is “Computer Support Specialist,” which is the most common term I have heard used in school. This will get you with the pack of candidates that are marketing themselves to recruiters...

7 Essential Resume-Writing Tips

Direct & Short A hiring manager will not want to relive the summer they read through all the Tolkien novels. All the painfully slow details that don’t matter much can get your resume skipped immediately. You want to cut straight to the point and leave out the back-story of every bullet point. That information might be better suited for the interview. Be sure to shorten anything that isn’t immediately relevant to the position that you’re applying for. Easy-to-Read Some fonts have been specifically designed to be easier read than others. Serif fonts are a good example of this. However, old school serif fonts like Times New Roman can look tired and dated. Use something easy and popular like Verdana or Courier. You don’t want the font to set your resume apart from others because it’s a polarizing thing for many people. A great resume can be turned into a turd by some terrible font like anything with the word script or gothic. List Accomplishments This one can be difficult. Accomplishments can be abstract sometimes. The best way to handle them is with some metric. You did this good thing by this amount. Don’t just toss around things you did without offering a reference to the scale of it. An easy way to find accomplishments it to consider the team’s performance if you were a part of one. No Artwork This is not the place for inserting pics or artwork. Of course, you can ignore this if you’re applying for a creative position, but you’re probably not. Too much embellishment can be polarizing for hiring managers, much like a unique...

How to create professional resume and cover letter for IT Computer Support Job

So you don’t have experience in IT yet and you want to land an IT job. A classic resume won’t do you any favors. The classic chronological resume is great for some seasoned professional who has been in the industry for years. That person should be able to flaunt examples of their personal knowledge of systems, networks, and all associated technologies. A hiring manager is going to read hundreds of these resumes. If you’re fresh out of class or still in the thick of it, your chronological resume might not stand out much. What you need is the functional resume. This functional resume style will help you to stand out and be a fresh face that a hiring manager might need to see. The functional resume focuses on the less substantial things like education, soft skills, and ambition. You still want to add some work experience to the functional resume, if you have it. Hiring managers like to know if, and when you’ve been working. Gaps in employment could furrow brows even after your shiny new objective section just blew their hiring socks off. Functional Resume To-Do List Gather your key information – Keep your work experience dates and addresses in a separate file. Backup this file to a few different drives. You need to have accurate records of your work experience, and you’ll reference them often. You’ll rest easy knowing you have this tedious stuff saved somewhere. Gather your key words – Flip through your textbooks and copy down plenty of industry keywords. These will be needed to have your glistening, pristine functional resume picked up by all...

Important Tools Required For Smartphone or Tablet Repair

First, you will need to know the entire set of tools and/or tool kit you need to have to fix phones and tablets. Without a proper set of tools you will not be able to open and then fix the handset. Also it is important to buy tools of good quality. Tools Needed: Opening tools Screw drivers: This is the first thing you will need to open/ dismantle a cell phone. Screw drivers are of many types. The most common ones used are a Phillips screw driver whose head is of plus (+) shape. The pentalobe screw drive is also needed to dismantle iPhones. The other most common one used is the one with a star shaped head called torx. In torx type, the T6 is the most common size thats used. These screw drivers are of various sizes depending on the size of their head. Its best to buy the entire set, which will contain all types of screw drivers used for opening handsets. Openers: Openers are used to open the housing/casing as it is locked. They come in various shapes and you can use the recommended or the most convenient ones. Tweezers: Tweezers are needed to hold or lift electronic components and whenever needed to hold any other spare part.   Cleaning and servicing tools IPA: The recommended cleaning solutions for mobile phone’s printed circuit board (PCB) are IPA (Iso Propyl Alcohol) or circuit cleaner. You can also use spirit or thinner. The main job of these liquids is to clean the PCB and then evaporate immediately. Brush: The brush is used to remove and clean any dirt or dust inside the...

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Searching for IT Jobs in Milwaukee Area

The job search isn’t exactly the reason we’re students. However, it is something we will probably struggle through. There is plenty of advice for topics like choosing a school, choosing a major, or nailing an interview. When it comes to the job search, it can seem like we’re out there alone. There are obvious things to help the job search, but we could be doing some things wrong without knowing. Here are 7 mistakes to avoid while searching for a great IT job in the Milwaukee Metro Area. 1. Clean up your online image. This is increasingly important and the first thing you should do before getting too deep in the job hunt. Have friends or family run some searches on you. If there are even slightly silly or embarrassing results, employers could be passing on your resume without giving you a chance. Just like all important issues, you want to bury the hurtful things deep, down inside the internet. Honestly, the inappropriate stuff may not be a deal breaker. You just want the good results at the top of the list. 2. Look past the internet. There’s a lot that comes with this topic. You want to utilize everything you can to get your hands on job openings. Check career centers at schools, and not just the school you’re enrolled in. There are staff members in school that are only there to find jobs for students. This is directly linked to networking. The more people you talk to the better. Check out local networking groups like HDI. 3. Use all the right keywords in search fields. If you’re...