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Interview Tips to Help you Get a Job in IT

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Competing for that sought after IT or tech position isn’t as exciting when there’s 100 other people with almost the exact education (or more), experience (or more) going for the exact same roles. We’ll let you in on a secret though. Although having a resume that adds a little extra (think committee work or personality) might get you the interview, it’s you who will determine whether you are considered for the job. We’ve seen fresh out of college recruits winning positions over those with years of experience.

Here’s some interview tips to keep in mind when going for those IT positions that will help set you apart:

1. Be Yourself.

We know it’s overused, but there’s still so many who clam up and get nervous during interviews and forget that those interviewers are nervous too. You’re more likely to make a lasting impression by being conversational than shaking in your chair and pretending to be someone you’re not.

2. Smile before you get there.

If you’re in a good mood before going into the interview, that smile will rub off on those interviewing you. Especially when you’re one of many of the day, it can be a breath of fresh air for an interviewer to meet someone who is smiling and genuinely happy to be there.

3. Respond to questions with more than just a “yes” or “no.”

Try to answer everything question by elaborating on why you’ve responded that way and then finish with a short example of your experience, such as “Yes, I do have great multitasking skills; while in college I had to juggle 5 courses at one time while also working two jobs and still graduated with a 4.0 because I organized my time effectively with a system that worked for me.”

4. If you know the name of the person who will be interviewing you, Google them.

Find out a bit about them and then casually bring it up during the interview – like one of your examples. Do they like baseball? Use a baseball analogy to describe how you can work under pressure. They’ll be impressed and you’ll have something in common to discuss casually that will increase your chances of being remembered.

5. Google the business as well.

More organizations are asking you what you know about the job, the brand, their mission, etc. They’ll also ask you why you want the job. Being able to retract information about the company and use it in your responses will prove you did your research.

6. Use your time prior to the interview to prepare.

You can often use Google to find practice interview questions based on your industry or position. Write answers down to these most used questions and practice them. Bring your notebook with you to the interview with cue notes – there’s no rule that you must come empty-handed. If anything, you’ll win brownie points for being prepared and ready.

7. Don’t answer the personal questions.

If you have kids, are a single parent, have a medical issue that won’t affect your work or any other triggers that may keep you from getting the job, don’t bring them up even when asked. There are certain questions that interviewers are not allowed to ask and they’re not allowed to refuse you the position based on your responses. If you have constraints, bring them up after you’ve gotten the job.

8. Ask for feedback.

Even if you do get the role and especially if you don’t, ask your interviewers at the end of the meeting how it went. Or, send an email shortly afterward saying thank you for their time and ask for feedback to help you with your job search.

9. Use Each Interview as a Learning Experience

Remember, if you don’t get the position, other job opportunities will come. Use each interview as a learning experience. If you said something you shouldn’t have or messed up on an answer, use that to better prepare for your next interview and you’ll have your dream job in no time.

10. Further your Education

If you find that education is what’s holding you back from the competition, furthering your education is always a great investment in your future. ICOHS offers a number of IT Programs that require no previous experience and can be completed in weeks, not years. Click here to learn more. 

Interested in finding out even more about how ICOHS College will be preparing you for your IT future? Reach out for a conversation today at admissions@icohs.edu

What to Expect During a Typical Day as an IT Technician

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Once you’ve trained, gathered your expertise, and filled your brain with as much IT and tech knowledge as you can, obtaining that technician position and putting your knowledge to use to gain valuable experience is an exciting opportunity.

With everything you’ve learned, you’ll be ready for your first day as an IT technician, but you might not be sure what to expect. Although every position varies based on the industry and the business itself, here’s what you can typically expect during a normal day as an IT technician:

You can expect your morning to be routine, arriving a little before everyone else so you can catch up on the repair and troubleshoot requests as well as other emails. From there, if it’s a busy day, you’ll get right to work responding to requests. If you’ve got a team of more than one technician, you can separate work based on specialty or area of the building. Or just take turns responding.

Expect to have days when you’re doing nothing but responding to calls and repairs, fixing issues that are complex or spending time troubleshooting a problem that takes seconds to resolve. It’s part of the trade. Other days, you might find yourself sitting at your desk or walking aimlessly around looking for something to do. During this time, you can use your technical skills to update systems, improve the workability of the networks, and even take apart and refurbish PCs and laptops.

You may also find yourself in the role of ordering office supplies and computer parts, especially if you work for a small business that can’t afford to hire multiple roles. What’s great about working in IT is you can’t really know what to expect each day. You’ll find you might get frustrated over difficult issues or amused at something small that the average worker just couldn’t figure out (have you tried turning it on and off?).

What you can expect is to feel rewarded knowing you’re the reason why the office is functioning properly and effectively each day.

You will be trained on what’s expected of you but remember to always strive to go above and beyond. Your position is to help increase the productivity of the workplace by responding to problems quickly and finding solutions to issues that might be slowing down time or output.

Interested in learning more about how you can prepare for the workforce? We’ve got valuable resources for you, including a collection of Interview tips. Learn more here.

How has AI affected the way we perform our IT tasks?

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Over the decades, our tech and definition of what we consider artificial intelligence (AI) has evolved. AI, a simple definition being the use of intelligent algorithms to automate data and machine learning, has its place in the world of networks and Information Technology. Even in our roles as IT professionals, how quickly technology progresses has made our industry one of the most changing – and AI itself continues to unfold how we do our work and what portion of it (and our time) can be done without our help.

How has AI affected the way we perform our IT tasks?

AI tends to get a bad rep from quite a few industries across the US, however, in reality it frees up tedious tasks that humans have spent countless hours completing when their minds could have been put to better use somewhere else.

There will always be jobs that require a human mind, a touch of empathy and reasoning that (so far) computers are incapable of completing. IT has been impacted by AI as programs and software is developed that can find problems and troubleshoot possible solutions without the need for a technician to take the computer apart and run numerous checks to solve.

In this way, our IT tasks have been positively affected because we can use our time to dedicate and discover new ways of providing services to our employers, protecting their data and sensitive information, and essentially making their work lives easier – which is why we exist! Through automation and back-end learning, as IT professionals, we can begin to provide organizations with cost-saving opportunities that are free from human error – or at the very least, provide IT network techs and AI to learn from mistakes and enhance their roles in the future.

How has the pandemic solidified the future of IT and its use of AI?

The future is going to continue to allow AI to integrate more permanently into our work, especially now that the pandemic has made it a pliable alternative than human face-to-face in may scenarios. The tech industry, as well as many others, have begun to rely on AI to continue business and adapt it with the seemingly perpetual changes COVID-19 has created.

 

Will AI become an essential learning subject for tech colleges?

For most tech professionals, AI is already a comfortable subject. Knowledge of how it will develop and could affect our roles in the future will, of course, be beneficial and allow techs to prepare, evolve, and remain relevant in their positions. Learning to embrace AI instead of attempting to “butt heads” with it and take on the automated tasks oneself, will more likely provide students with a higher chance of adapting as workplaces (and their requirements) do.

Still missing a few certifications or courses to complete your IT training? Reach out for a conversation with the ICOHS admission team to find out how you can further your experience through our dedicated and enhanced courses – both online and in class. Our next session will begin on October 8, 2020, so contact us at admissions@icohs.edu today!

Get hired in 2020

7 Job Hunting & Recruiting Trends for 2020

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Do you have what recruiters are looking for in 2020?

If you’re a job seeker, you might be wondering what hiring managers and recruiters are looking for in job candidates. Over the years, recruitment has evolved and changed. Before, recruiters placed a heavy importance on paper resumes and phone screenings. But, now, with the technology that we have, they can receive resumes and applications online and have the opportunity to do video interviews. Recruiting today is a lot more proactive and focused.
What are recruiters looking for?
As a job seeker, it’s a good idea to stay on top of the hiring process so you know what you’re getting into. With that being what, with the turn of the new decade, what can we expect from recruitment in 2020?

1. Potential Growth

Do you feel like you don’t have all the skills a company is asking you for? Don’t worry! Companies are putting more importance on a candidate’s willingness and ability to grow and adapt to new challenges. These individuals tend to be prioritized over others during the recruiting process. Even if you are weak in one area, if you show that you are motivated to learn and grow, it could put you ahead of the game.

2. Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity in the workplace is a trend that grew over the past decade and shows no signs of stopping. When we say diverse, we don’t mean race, we mean generational diversity. Those that are considered Millennial and Gen Z will have different ideas than those that are part of  Gen X and Baby Boomers. The presence of diverse working environments is a major trend. Bringing together people of all backgrounds, talent, and more can create stronger teams with a wider range of ideas. The hope is that they can all work cohesively for the benefit of the company.

3. Work Flexibility

More companies are getting on-board with work flexibility and remote jobs. They know that a lot of potential employees want to work remotely or have a flexible schedule, so they offer what they want.

There’s also many benefits of remote work for companies, which stimulates the influx of remote and flexible job postings. If you’ve been wanting a job that is more flexible, this means it will be easier for you to find what you’re looking for.

4. Passive Hiring & Social Media

Even though recruitment is more proactive today, passive hiring is becoming more frequent. With the rise of social media, employers can find potential employees through these platforms even if they haven’t applied to the job. This gives them a chance to reach out to you if they find your profile and experience attractive.

Passive hiring allows companies to seek out candidates they really want. As a job seeker, you should make sure your online presence is clean, attractive, and bulked up so that it’s easier for companies to find you. LinkedIn, websites, and more are becoming all the more important in the world. Make sure all your info is up to date, there are no silly errors on your profiles, and that you check your notifications on your social media sites.

5. Interview Techniques

Hiring managers are finding new and different interview techniques to better assess candidates and find the right fit. Online skill assessments and casual interviews are just a couple of examples. The skill assessments help weed out those that don’t have the right skill set for the job and casual interviews might catch a job seeker off-guard so they can showcase more of who they really are.

Interview techniques to get hired in 2020
There is also the rise of behavioral assessments or personality assessments. These are basically quizzes that help recruiters understand candidates’ soft skills. Soft skills are things like: how you work with other people, what motivates you, and more. This makes it easier for companies to determine if you are a good fit for their company.

6. Importance of Work Culture

If they think you’re not going to fit in with their work culture, they probably won’t hire you. The importance of work culture and creating a good working environment is increasing. Even if you’re a very skilled individual, if you have a bad attitude or showcase certain traits that go against their culture, it will affect their choice to hire or not hire you.

Companies also put effort into creating a positive work environment and culture for the benefit of their employees. 77% of people rate culture as ‘extremely important.’ Strong work culture is a key to employee retention. Therefore, they will do their best to make sure their employees, new and old, feel at home in their organization.

7. New Skills Matter

Gaining new skills, soft and professional, is extremely important. Many job seekers have access to the same resources which makes the hiring plane more competitive. So, you want to be sure that you skills are up to date, at least for the basics. You don’t have to do it alone, though. More and more companies are realizing the importance of employee development and are providing their own workers with opportunities for professional training.

What skills do you need to get hired in 2020
Whether you’re new to job hunting or are getting back into the game, ICOHS College is here to help you find your career path.