Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Brush Up on Your Job Interviewing Skills

 Brush Up on Your Interviewing Skills Here 
The interview is your best opportunity to stand out from the other candidates who are competing for the open position. What you say and how you act will go a long way towards determining if you get the job.

Remember, first impressions are everything during an interview. So be sure to use those first five seconds to look and sound your best. Also, your interview starts at the moment you arrive at the company, so make sure you act professional at all times.

For your initial interview, you want to look your professional best. In general, dress too conservatively - white shirt, dark suit, and the like are most appropriate. Avoid loud colors, faddish styles and anything that would distract from what you are there to sell - you.

Be Prepared
  • Clarify your professional short - and long - term goals. Be able to articulate them clearly. Discuss your goals with your recruiter.
  • Make sure you have your resume and references available to fill out employment applications.
  • Learn as much as possible about an organization before you arrive at the interview. Good sources are annual reports, the company's website, trade journals, and your recruiter.
  • Be prepared for the standard questions. Keep your answers specific and concise, and work to maintain a good balance of conservation with your interviewer. Try to limit answers to one or two minutes.
  • Allow at least two hours for your interview to ensure that you will not be rushed.
Be Professional
  • Arrive ten to fifteen minutes early for your appointment. Do not go in any earlier.
  • Make sure cell phones and pagers are turned off. Do not chew gum.
  • Keep your personal items in your left had so that you are "exchange ready" with your right had free to shake hands with your interviewer.
  • Do not use any name to address your interviewer but the one they used in their introduction.
  • Be polite, alert, and relaxed. Indicate a genuine interest in the interviewer with eye contact and always remember to smile.
  • Watch you body posture and body language. Slouching, leaning on the interviewer's desk, and moving around are distracting.
  • Do not be afraid to express your genuine interest in and excitement about the position, the company, and its goals. Enthusiasm is the most frequently cited reason for hiring.
  • Project self-confidence by speaking positively about your abilities, experience, and willingness to acquire new skills.
  • Try to avoid negativity, or put positive spins on any negatives (i.e. if you are lacking a particular skill, talk about the relevant skills you do have).
  • Be honest and sincere.
Clear Communication Is Key
  • Answer questions in an articulate and organized manner.
  • Prospective employers don't want to hear simple "yes" and "no" answers. Explain yourself whenever possible.
  • There's nothing wrong with asking for a moment to think about the question or asking for the interviewer to clarify the question.
  • Listen carefully, and be as concise as possible in your answers.
  • Always speak positively about former employers and experiences.
  • Relate your work experience directly to the needs of the organization. Examples of past accomplishments effectively demonstrate your abilities.
  • If you are asked questions about your personal life, use them as opportunities to emphasize how well balance your personal and professional life.
  • Save questions about salary, benefits, vacation, sick leave, etc., for discussion after you have received an offer.
It's a Two Way Conversation
Both you and the interviewer can gain something from the interview. You may possibly go through more than one interview with a company before you are offered a position, so your primary goal during any interview is to get a job offer or, at the very least an additional interview.
For the employer, the interview is an opportunity to gather more information about you. A resume, testing and an application on tell you so much. The employer wants to know who you will fit in the organization's environment, what your work style is like, what motivates you and that your experience and training are relevant to the open position.

At the End of the Interview
Briefly express your strong interest in the company and the position, thank the interviewer for his or her time and leave on a positive note. You should also call your recruiter. He or she will be getting feedback from both you and the company and will want to discuss it. And always send a thank you email the same day. Keep it brief and to the point, expressing your interest in the company.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CCIE Boot Camp Globalnet Texas

GlobalNet Training & Consulting, inc is proud to announce our latest offering for CCIE Candidates! Narbik Kocharians' Routing and Switching, with Cisco's 360 CCIE R/S Advanced workshop! Class is in the Hyatt Regency in Richardson, Texas the week of 6/20!

This program offers 5-day Instructor Led lessons, a lab guide and hands-on labs on specific topics, as well as Assessment labs, including instructor time and feedback to provide student mentoring and support. Student immediately has access to all material and two sets of racks upon registration and payment of class!

This Boot Camp is one of the BEST boot camps in the world that teaches learners how to use an expert-level problem-solving process that includes options analysis to support complex network technologies and topologies. This course is part of a blended learning curriculum that supports expert-level preparation in routing and switching.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

2011 IT Salary Survey

2011 IT Salary Survey 

Skills with a high demand
  • Project Management – especially large projects with short time frame for delivery
  • Security – focus on mandated compliance issues
  • Network Administration – wireless and cloud administration
  • Virtualization (Cloud) – new applications and management of the IT infrastructure
  • Business and Operational Analysis – focus on business change
  • Productivity Improvement Analysis – metrics and operational analysis
  • Web 2 – interactive applications that add value
  • Database Management – applications that leverage enterprise assets
  • System Administration – Windows and UNIX management
  • Desktop Support – standardization and change management 
The most striking observations of a latest survey are:
  • Some recovery has occurred in compensation and hiring of IT Professionals.  The total mean compensation for all IT Professionals has increased modestly by 0.35% to $77,873 from $77,604.  This puts overall compensation back at the levels they were at in January 2008.
  • Middle manager and non-line IT executives continue to feel a salary crunch.
  • Mid-sized enterprises are now starting to hire staff workers with salaries in this sector increasing the most – Mean compensation is up by 1.44% from $61,047 to $61,924.
  • Layoffs seem to have tapered off. 
  • On shore outsourcing has peaked and companies are looking to bring IT operations back into their direct control and reduce operating costs.
  • Cost reduction is still the rule of the day; however we have seen an increase in the number of “part-timers” and contractors who are focused on particular critical projects.
  • Companies are continuing to reduce the benefits provided to IT professionals. Though benefits such as health care are available, IT professionals are now paying a greater portion of that cost.
  • Flexible hours and work schedules are becoming more available as the recovery begins to take hold and is viewed as a low cost high value benefit by both employers and employees.
  • CIOs compensation has increased over the last 12 months. The mean compensation for CIOs in large enterprises is now $184,681 (an increase of 1.73%) and $163,106 (an increase of 0.49%) in mid-sized enterprises.
  • CIO demand is almost non-existent as companies who were not pleased with their existing CIO have already replace them and incumbents in those positions are reluctant to move with the current economic conditions.
  • Mean compensation across all IT professionals has increased by 0.35% (from $77,604 to $77, 873).
    • In mid-sized enterprises, the mean total compensation for all positions has increased by 0.43% from $73,934 to $74,253.   This is due to an average increase of 1.44% in the non-management staff levels of those enterprises.
    • In large enterprises, the median compensation has risen slightly from $81,493 to $82,273 .

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

CompTIA Getting America Back to Work Program

CompTIA Getting America Back to Work Program

Despite the high unemployment rate in the United States, there are more than 450,000 IT job openings in the country. Many of these jobs require skills that are tested through CompTIA certifications. We want to help unemployed workers get trained and certified and match certified candidates to these jobs.

Through its Getting America Back to Work initiative, CompTIA will help guide you through the IT training and certification process to potential job openings. If you are unemployed and still receiving unemployment benefits, you may have access to government funding for IT training and certification through Workforce Investment Boards (WIB) and One-Stop Centers. These programs are funded through the Workforce Investment Act.
Find the nearest center to you at http://servicelocator.org.

The process is simple:

Step 1: Assess

Take an assessment test from our partner, MeasureUp, through your nearest WIB or One-Stop Center. This aptitude test measures your technical knowledge and ability and will help determine if you should pursue a career in IT.

Step 2: Train

The assessment test might recommend additional training before sitting for a CompTIA certification. IT certification classes are available through schools or commercial training providers that teach the skills required for certification.

Step 3: Certify

CompTIA certifications map to the skills required for many of the open IT jobs, and many employers mandate or highly prefer certified IT professionals. They are recognized by organizations in every industry, including Sears Holdings, Pitney Bowes, Best Buy and State Farm Insurance.

Step 4: Place

Our job placement tool sorts local job opportunities by zip code and job titles that are consistent with skills covered by CompTIA certifications to help you find a job.
Our integrated solution will save One-Stop Centers time assessing, training and placing unemployed workers who have an aptitude for IT. WIBs interested in participation in the Getting America Back to Work initiative can download the program flier.

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