Gain In-Demand IT Skills
Most of the time when employers are looking to fill a new position they are looking for candidates who have experience. This can be very frustrating if you have never had an IT job before because you will likely have no IT experience at all. You’re going to struggle to get into any type of job position. It doesn’t have to be that way!
What you need to do is get IT experience. Now you might be asking how you can get IT experience without a job? Here is the truth that nobody talks about: experience is experience, paid or not.
That means that if you have installed and configured Windows Server 2016 then you can put that experience on a resume. Employers don’t care if your experience was paid, voluntary, or done on your own time. This means that you should be setting up labs at home so you can learn as much as possible.
You will have a lot of questions like…where do I start….what to learn first…how do I setup a home lab…etc. The answer is you need to take some kind of training that will show you how to do all of this, or just figure it out on your own if you prefer.
We offer this exact training you need free of charge. You can check it out here. Once you have completed the training you need to start learning about the various Windows Server tools and roles. I recommend that you start by installing the Active Directory Domain Services role and then learn Active Directory Users and Computers and Group Policy Management.
If you learn 80% of everything there is to know about those three server roles and tools you will be able to land an entry level IT job.
Build a Killer Resume
Your resume is the first impression that a potential employer will have of you. If you want to have the highest chance of getting a job interview when you apply for a job, then you must have a killer resume!
This goes hand in hand with the previous topic of having IT skills. At the end of the day, while having a well written resume says a lot about you as a person, nothing is as important as the skills you have in your resume.
I recommend that you use our resume templates (download them here), but the main thing is that once you are done writing your resume you must send it to your friends and family so they can read over it and find any spelling or glaring grammar errors you have made.
The best thing you can do is get your resume in front of someone who works in the IT field (preferably an IT recruiter). I recommend that you print out your resume and keep it with you or within reach as much as possible. For example, if you are a college student keep it in your backpack and if you meet someone who works in the IT field, hand them your resume and ask them to look over it and help you improve it. I did this in school and you would be surprised at how many people are willing to do this.
If you have a resume but you want to make it even better, you can send it to us and we will have our IT recruiter work on it for you! Click here to get more information on that. A lot of our students take advantage of this service and you should too!
Finding and Applying to Jobs
When you start looking for jobs you have to take advantage of every opportunity you have. You have a couple of ways you can search for jobs: online career websites, company websites, social media, and personal referrals.
First let’s deal with career websites. I will list some of the big job posting websites here in the United States, but keep in mind that every country may have a preferred website. The best way to find the website you should use is by hopping on google and searching for IT Jobs in (wherever you live). Here are the major websites that I use in the US:
The last two are staffing agencies. You will talk with a recruiter over the phone and they will aggressively try to get you a job. It may not always be the pay you want and it is usually contract to higher, but if you just want to get a job then I would definitely recommend them.
There is really only one social media that I can recommend that you use, and that is LinkedIn.com. Once you have an account go and search for anyone who has recruiter in their job title. I have also gotten jobs by just being registered on this website and responding to messages from recruiters.
It can be very challenging when it comes to getting referrals if you do not know anyone who works in the field. If you know someone who works in the field tell them you want to get a job in the IT field. A lot of people simply don’t want to take a chance on referring you since they probably don’t know much about your work ethics. You need to make them feel like you would be a great co-worker. You could mention the home-lab you have setup and the training you are taking here at itFlee.com. This very well may help!
Don’t be picky about where you get your first job or how much money you make. Getting your foot into the door is the most important aspect. When it comes to apply to jobs, you want VOLUME. Apply to 50 jobs every single day. I know it takes a lot of time, but how bad do you want a job? If you can’t find 50 jobs, then you are living in the wrong location or you are being too picky.
Preparing For The Interview
When you finally submit to several jobs and you are asked to come to an interview, you must prepare for the interview. I want you to go over your resume line-by-line and be prepared to talk about 2 – 3 minutes for each bullet point you have listed. One time I had an interview go line by line and simply say “Tell me about this.” I hadn’t practiced a story for each line and I was speechless on some of them. Believe when I say it was awkward, and I want you to learn from my mistake.
Reviewing your resume and talking over it out loud to yourself will get your brain going and help you prepare for the interview. Make sure you take the time to do this step!
Take a look at the job posting and try to understand what you will actually be doing. A lot of times there isn’t a lot of details in the job listing but sometimes you can figure out what the day to day work will be like by looking
Research the company and try to figure out if it is a small or large company. This will help you understand if you will have the ability to move up at the company or transfer to another role. I have had much better experiences working at smaller companies than large billion dollar firms, but every company is different and deserves a chance.
Finally, if the interview is in person, know the location of the interview! I once had an interview at a particular address. The manager sent me a document that included directions to the building, but it had a picture of the wrong building. So when I showed up to the interview I looked at the picture and walked into the wrong building. After I called him on the phone and had him laughing at me, I double checked the building number that was in the address and to my dismay found I was in the wrong building.
The moral of the story is know the location where you are interviewing.
Bring a notebook and a pen, and take notes! This tells the interviewer you are prepared and interested in the job!
If your interview is in person, plan on arriving at the building 30 minutes early. Walk into the office space 10 minutes early and let the receptionist know you are there for an interview with whoever you are meeting.
When you meet the interviewer, please be friendly and smile. This goes a long way to show them that you are a friendly person and easy to get along with. Also throughout the interview, match the interviewer’s body language and positioning.
Be engaged throughout the interview by asking intelligent questions when you feel it is appropriate. Try to get a solid understanding of the job position as this is your chance to figure out if you actually want the job or not.
Do not lie. If they ask you if you have worked with a technology and you have not, then do not lie about it. This is going to cause all kinds of issues in your future and could get you terminated if you did end up getting the job.
Every single interview has to be a learning experience for you. Even if you don’t get the job you have to take something from it. How do you do that? Take notes. Take notes of questions you are asked, technologies you are asked about that you do not know. Tools that are mentioned that you have not worked with or heard of.
Near the end of the interview convey the fact that you are very interested in the position but do not come across as
Once you have left the
It is OK to follow up with a recruiter once a week to see if a decision has been made on the position or not. I did this with a hiring manager for a month or so. Every
Keep working and going through all of these steps and you will get the job you want! Here’s itFlee wishing you the best of luck…go get it!