Published on October 31st, 2012 | by Mike J0
5 Steps to a Dream Job in Internet Technology
Internet technology (IT) is an industry that continues to grow in the job market. Businesses continue to rely on technological resources like the Internet, but there are only so many professionals who know how to troubleshoot these features. This is where IT comes in. The role of an IT professional is not only to help set up PCs and the Internet, but also to make sure that the network functions and is up to speed with the needs of businesses. If you are interested in landing a job in this exciting industry, consider the five main steps to help get you there.
1) Pick a School
While IT jobs are in demand, the market is still competitive. Information on Western International University can help you decide whether online schooling or traditional classes are most appropriate for your education needs. You should also consider how far you want to go with your education. Associate’s degrees are a great starting point, but most employers these days are looking for candidates with at least a bachelor’s degree. To increase your chances of landing an even higher-paying job, you might consider obtaining a master’s degree in information systems technology or engineering.
2) Obtain Certifications
On top of getting a degree, you should strongly consider increasing your credentials by obtaining certifications in the areas that interest you the most. Generally these require that you study a book and take a test. Some examples include:
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
- Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
- Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP)
3) Gain Experience
This seems like an oxymoron because the purpose of attending college is to gain a degree in a particular area of study. Still, there are many ways you can gain experience to enhance your competitive edge upon graduation—this is especially the case if you already work in IT with a high school degree. Other opportunities exist in internships as well as part-time jobs in companies that assist businesses remotely.
4) Polish Your Resume
It’s never too early to start prepping your resume for when you’re ready to enter the job market. A resume hones in on both your education and industry experience. If you have more time invested in one part over the other, it is important to get as detailed as you can to make your resume stand out. Keep in mind that a strong resume is required for you to get an interview. Rarely do IT school graduates get offered jobs without sending out resumes first.
5) Land the Job Interview
Once you graduate and send out your resume, you must next prove your education and skills line up with the job you’re trying to pursue. This occurs during an interview, and it can be an intimidating process if you go in unprepared. An interviewer will likely ask you further questions about the information on your resume, but he or she may also ask you scenarios related to IT. This will give the employer insight into how well you can solve problems. To increase your chances of success, consider practicing with a friend of family member before the interview.
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