5 Tips for Negotiating a Better Salary By Eddie Alexander While finishing our education and heading out to start our new careers we often contemplate the financial benefits of the new jobs we are applying for. The opportunity to obtain higher paying and relatively stable jobs is the reason many of us chose to pursue IT jobs in the first place less than half of us will even try to negotiate for higher starting salary. The idea of asking for more money definitely makes me uncomfortable and it is something I rarely equated with searching for a new job. However; todays job market and the growing need for qualified IT workers might give you the incentive to assertively ask your new employers for what you are worth. Here is a list of 5 tips for preparing to negotiate for a higher salary in today’s job market. 1) Research. Like any number of other things preparing to negotiate for a higher salary demands research. Find trustworthy online resources that detail the industry average salary for the position that you are applying for. Sites like Glassdoor, monster and salary.com can offer insight into what the industry leaders are paying for the positions that you are applying for. A position with a wide range between the bottom wages and highest means you should ask for about mid- range if you are not very experienced and towards the higher number if you have adequate experience and are extremely competent. 2) Draw up a proposal. After doing your research and before going into your interview draw up a proposal that outlines not only what...
7 Essential Tips for Resume Writing By Eddie Alexander On this page: The world of job seeking and the workplace itself is always evolving and because of that our methods of finding and securing employment must constantly change as well. The days of a simple plain resume have passed by and we as jobseekers must move forward as well. Some practices will always be used and are unlikely to change even in the far future. Those attributes are what I like to call things essential to resume writing. Here are 7 essential tips for writing your resume.1) Keep it professional. Your resume is like a doorway to the professional world. It is likely the first point of contact between you and potential employers. Because of this very reason you should take utmost care to ensure that your resume is the absolute epitome of professionalism. What this means you should not include; pictures, political, religious or personal beliefs. Anything that is not considered safe for work should not be included in your resume.2) Be Consistent. As you complete your resume be sure that the skills that you outline in your summary and those pertaining to your work experience align. It is a good practice to do a self- inventory and compile a list of all the skills that you have mastered and acquired through experience and education. When you are done with your master list select the most pertinent to the job you are applying for and make sure they are presented accurately on your resume.3) Utilize specific keywords. This tip is essential when submitting electronically. Most employers requiring you...
I just wanted to share with you that I was just offered a three month contract with good potential to get hired on, at Crosscom. They are an IT consulting firm for Kohl's department store. Just thought I would share the good news with you. Thank you for all of your advice, especially with the internship course, over the past couple of years! Thank you, Justin Peterson, (June, 2015)
"I cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed my experience at MATC IT Computer Support Program. I have made so many friends and good people. Along with that I received knowledge to help me with my career. I really enjoyed many of these classes. I really like the mobile device classes. I am not sure where technology will go but I am along for the ride and this program helped get me on my way!!! “ Andrew Jones, (May, 2015)
"I believe IT Computer Support Specialist at MATC is a great program. I enjoyed everything from the easiest things to the most challenging things, it all added to my learning experience. All the necessary materials were provided from me to finish the course sufficiently and all my needs were met with in the program. This program is a great start for any person trying to pursue a career or interest in the IT world.!!! “ Matthew Spain, (December, 2015)
“The sharing of ideas and experiences is what makes the classrooms both enjoyable and worth the time to attend. “ Bob Schneidler, (May, 2014) letter
“Thanks to all of the instructors and fellow classmates with whom I've worked; it was a great learning experience.” Brian Wilson, (May, 2014) letter
“Thank you very much for everything you have done. Last Friday was my graduation and I am truly honored and proud to be part of MATC. I have to be honest, my experience here in MATC was just one of kind and will be definitely always be thankful. “ Ben Azcueta, (December, 2015) letter
“I just wanted to reach out and thank you for your help at MATC - there were many bumps in the road - I was just offered a new job in support - and the salary is $47,000 a year - I am overwhelmed that an associates would yield this sort of compensation. Again thank you and I'll be in touch for more schooling at some point I am sure.” Chris Taschner, (June, 2014) text message
“I’ve learned more about the business of IT than I ever knew; concepts which will likely come to underpin my further progress.” Justin Schroeder, (June, 2014) letter