Current IT field related information

25 Sep 09 Finding An Information Technology Job

Jobs in Information Technology are many, and it’s a field that’s ever expanding.  As we become more dependant upon computer advancement, and more overall integration with the internet, more jobs open up each day in the IT field.  The biggest key to success isn’t in finding a job itself, but in finding the right job amid the mix.  When you find yourself going into the job pool, you’ll always see plenty of IT opportunities, you just have to sort them the best way.

Pick out what’s important to you at a job.  For most people a good job has decently high pay, good opportunity for industry growth, and plenty of job openings so that you have a good chance of getting a job.  Those requirements are usually a good place to start.  Industry growth is important, so that your company can stay relevant, and you can ensure a reasonable amount of job security.  When they’re hiring for more opposed to fewer job openings, you have a better chance of getting a job.  High pay speaks for itself.  Who doesn’t want that?

From that you can formulate a list of the job openings that best fit what you’re looking for.  Then you can concentrate on those openings.  Do your research about the companies offering the work, and tailor your cover letter and resume to apply to each company individually.  Putting in the personal touch will separate you from the field, as most people use generic cover letters and resume formats.  Even though that’s a huge mistake, as they’re easily spotted by hiring managers, and are very frowned upon.

If you find you have more than one offer, weigh the options between both jobs.  If job stability isn’t a huge concern, and you’re willing to take the risk for a chance at more money, go for that job.  Weigh your comfort zones against what’s available to you, and choose the job that you’re most likely to succeed with.  Making a name for yourself in one place carries weight in the IT world, so take advantage of your opportunities.

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23 Sep 09 Approaching A Business Client

Whether you own a personal business, or work for a company where independent clients are your target, you need to know how to approach them.  By not knowing how to approach a client, you run the chance of ruining a potential business relationship, through a lack of knowledge.  That’s no reason to lose out on potential business, so do your research and make sure that doesn’t happen.  It’s not too hard to develop your relationship building skills, you just need to know where to start.

Firstly, do what research you can about your potential client.  Find out what you can about them, before making your approach, so that you can formulate a strategy specific to them.  By doing your research you already know what parts of your business apply to them, and you can focus on highlighting those positives.  Tailoring a pitch to each potential client gives you a better chance of getting their attention, and capturing their interest.

Whether you are approaching through a phone call, or an in person meeting, make sure that you stay professional.  Keep positive and courteous, through your speech and demeanor.  That will reflect in your pitch, and the potential client is more likely to respond positively in return.  Never underestimate the power of positivity.

Finally, make sure that you know your stuff, concerning your own business.  It’s not enough to highlight the points that apply to a potential client, you also need to know the answers to their questions.  You never know what they’re going to think of, so keep a broad range of knowledge on hand about your business.  By knowing the facts, and even having a guide for yourself, you can quickly supply the answer to any questions they may have.  This helps to show that your business is organized, and helpful in working with a client to get them the solution that they need.

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18 Sep 09 Making Small Talk

Making small talk could be the difference in how people perceive you as work.  By being very effective at small talk you can improve someone’s image of you.  You can use that to your advantage as you network yourself around the office, making as many friends as possible.  The more you can get your name out there, and in a positive light, the better.  Part of that is successfully making small talk, so that you can make a good first impression.

The first thing you should know about being good at making small talk, is to stay away from controversial subject matter.  Stay away from political news stories, and religious views, etc.  These are typically topics that people have very strong opinions about, and if yours happen to be different, it can spark a fairly heated debate.  A heated debate is not what you want to be on the opposite side of, when you’re chatting with your boss at the water cooler.  Instead focus on more simple things, like personal experiences.

Show genuine interest in what the other person has to say.  This is key, as anybody will know if you’re feigning interest to perhaps gain favor with that person.  Care about what they have to say, and offer good insightful as well as courteous input in return.  By genuinely caring and giving good positive input from your perspective, you make a positive connection.

Try to keep a list of news stories or popular movies that have recently come out, in your mind.  This way you’ve got good topics to bring up, and ones that most people are well aware of.  Plus movies and common news stories are good safe topics that almost anyone can connect to, and have a lighthearted conversation about.  Lighthearted friendly conversation that can easily be enjoyed by anyone is the key.  The better you get at small talk with your coworkers, the more well known you’ll be around the office, and that gives your work a better chance at being noticed.

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