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How To Ace Your Job Interviews Or Get Hired!
Have you gone on several Information Technology (IT) job interviews, but haven’t received a job offer? If your answer is yes, you’re not as prepared for the interview as you should be.
chances of getting an Information Technology (IT) job are slim if you don’t prepare properly for the interview-even with a well-written resume.
But don’t give up! With the next five proven job interview tips, you can confidently prepare for your next IT job interview.
Put Your Blinders On Before You Read This!
Blinders are useful in potentially distracting situations because they increase one’s ability to focus.
For example, blinders are useful for
removing potentially distracting or scary scenes from a horse’s vision.
By preventing the horse from seeing everything in it’s peripheral vision, the rider can better control the horse’s focus or keep it on target.
So, what does “blinders on horses have to do with job descriptions”?
As you go about reading job descriptions and applying to jobs, you may become distracted, discouraged or even depressed by the skills or experience requirements posted on these job descriptions.
Tapping Into Your Magical Hiring Powers
As a Career Coach, I come across questions or discussions from job seekers “
looking for recruiter who can get them a job“.
From the way these statements are worded, it seems that all it takes for the job seeker to get a job is finding a recruiter with magical hiring powers.
But, is it really true?
Do recruiters have hiring powers and how much of the success or failure of the job search depends on the recruiter’s magical hiring powers?
Certifications Or Experience Which Is Better?
I have been in
business development / sales side of the Financial Services Industry for the past 15 years.
I have worked as a
VP for several Fortune 500 companies.
Due to the market downturn and layoffs, I find myself looking to other industries for stability.
I want to get into
Software / Network Sales and wanted to know what is the best way for me to break into the Information Technology industry
Should I get
A+ certified, get a masters in I.T.?
How To Overcome Lack of References
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Worked for a private company for 12 years. All 18 other employees quit through time and I was left alone the last two years with the CEO trying to save the company.
how to: ace technical interviews and land jobs
This question was submitted by Vijay who needs advice on “
how to ace programming interviews and land the next job!“
If you need help with a Question or Challenge, be sure to ask it as a comment on this page and I will answer it fully just as I am answering Vijay’s questions below!
Question: How To Impress Hiring Manager at Programming Interviews
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On my last job I was given a technical test to write nested SQL queries.
How To Boost IT Skills Rapidly Or Get Hired Fast
Learning a skill is one thing … knowing how to market, a skill a completely different thing!
That is why for example, some qualified business analysts fail to get a job that other less experienced business analysts succeed in getting.
Don’t assume that because you know a skill through
self study, formal education or training, you can just go out and get a job … because there is more to finding a job than that!
Some people are really good at selling themselves … even when they know little about the subject at hand.
Posting your resume mindlessly, is a black hole that either sucks up your time and energy or brands you in a negative light, as thoughtless to employers!
Is Mindless Resume Submission Working?
Finding a job is just a numbers game, so submitting my resume to several job postings will get me hired: says a “
reflexive job seeker“!
This is the typical mindset of job seekers who approach finding a job as if it is purely a numbers game.
But is a successful job search simply a numbers game or is there more to getting a job than that?
Will Pay For Work!
It is well-known fact that hands-on experience is one of the more important qualifications for getting a job and that you may get handson experience through
paid or unpaid internship programs.
this article on NyTimes.com about how job seekers are paying thousands of dollars for internships is not surprising considering how competitive the job market has become.
What is surprising is that these are college graduates from prestigious colleges paying for nonpaying internship programs!
The article is titled
“Unpaid Work, but They Pay for Privilege, and you can read it here …”
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Po Bronson, author of “ What Should I Do with My Life?” listened to more than 900 people who dared to be honest with themselves about their line of work or careers!
In the end, he discovered that it comes down to a simple gut check: “
You either love what you do or you don’t.“
With that in mind, here’s question posted by a reader who needs advice on
“what to do about making wrong career choices”. What To Do About making Wrong Career Choices
I think I did myself well careerwise by reading for a degree that bears no inclination to what I am trying to aspire to in life.
Is a business analyst with domain knowledge more valuable than a business analyst without domain knowledge? The Domain Business Analyst Career Path
By looking at how business analyst job descriptions are written, you may be tempted to say yes!
Business Analyst job descriptions are written as if there is a distinction between
IT oriented business analysts with skills in UML, Use Cases, Requirements Elicitation, Requirements Modeling and domain oriented business analysts with knowledge in specific domains like sales, marketing, customer relationship management, insurance, finance!
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You’ve got a Beat the Recession college degree, a good looking resume and an impressive listing of Information Technology (IT) skills but can’t seem to find an IT job.
Finding a Job doesn’t have to be a traumatic, nerve racking or frustrating experience filled with rejection, fear and pain!
Just follow this article series to
find out what’s wrong or get back in control of YOUR job search.
Do you wish to know how to succeed at business analyst How To Succeed at Business Analyst Job Interviews job interviews? Here is the secret.
Business analyst interviews are designed to evaluate two things:
Your business analyst skills
Your business analyst experience
How Sharp Are Your Business Analyst Skills?
At your business analyst
interview, you are evaluated based on the correctness, promptness or comprehensiveness of your answers. Give the correct answers
Your answers are evaluated based on how precise or correct they are.
Even when the business analyst
interview questions are open ended, your answers are still evaluated as correct or incorrect.
How To Boost IT Skills Rapidly Or Get Hired Fast
I discovered the power of practice tests in 1999 after I aced a job interview test with a score in the mid-nineties and got hired fast!
Over the next few months, I mastered how to
boost my skills rapidly using the technique that I will share with you in the rest of this article.
Research has shown that practice tests or quizzes improve your retention, recall or understanding.
Research that studies how people learn skills effectively also demonstrates that students who study and take quizzes have better long-term recall than their colleagues who study without taking quizzes.
How To Slam Dunk Your Next Job Interview
This post is an answer to a question asked by Chris who is attending his
tenth (10) job interview. You may click here to read the original question or add your own question or comment to the discussion.
The original post is a
No Holds Barred Discussion on challenges, problems or issues facing my readers. If you have a Burning Question or Challenge you need help with, be sure to add your question to that page and i will answer it fully just as I am answering Tom’s question below!
It’s not news anymore. We are officially in a recession and people are being laid off everywhere. At first, it looked like the IT sector was going to come through this relatively unscathed, but that is no longer the case. Microsoft, IBM and Intel all announced job cuts this week.
In 2008, the US economy shed 1.2 million jobs. 10% of those jobs were Information Technology jobs. As of December, over
100,000 IT jobs had been lost and it doesn’t look like the situation is going to get better any time soon.
Being laid off usually comes as a shock to most people that it happens to. This is even more the case if your company does not make a public announcement of its intentions to cut jobs.
However, the layoff decision is rarely made the morning you get your pink slip. Managers are often given weeks within which to select the people who will be laid off from their teams.
If you want to master working with SQL or are preparing for a
SQL Interview, you already know that answering SQL interview questions is key to getting hired for a SQL job.
may not know is that the importance of learning SQL Interview Questions goes beyond just getting a job!
Believe it or not, getting a SQL job is not as hard as keeping the job after you get it!
In this article I will share the most effective strategies for
acing SQL interview questions, getting a job or keeping a SQL job after you get it!
I just received a question that has to do with age discrimination for a Java programmer and I would like to share it with you.
I would like to find an IT Career Coach in San Diego CA.
I am a certified Java Programmer, and have an academic background in applied mathematics, but I did not work with J2EE and data bases, I would like to know what type of career is available in my age 55, what additional training is necessary.
Here is my answer to this question: