Computer systems analysts must have a diverse skill set. The position requires information technology and business knowledge. These analysts custom design computer systems and processes for clients.
Software developers need to be innovative, creative and, of course, technical in order to succeed in this field. They might write new code or fix bugs in code to make it work better.
Web developers create everything you see on your favorite websites, from the special effects to the search functionality.
The digital workplace demands more IT managers, who coordinate computer-related activities for an organization. IT Mangers’ tasks include analyzing and recommending computer needs, installing and maintaining computer hardware and software, securing an office’s network and electronic documents and searching for new technologies and upgrade opportunities.
As concern about cybersecurity and privacy grows, so does the demand for information security analysts. These professionals are responsibilities include preparing and implementing security measures that protect a company’s computer networks and systems.
**Source of data—US News and World Report Job Rankings
Searching for a job is never easy, but searching during the holiday season can be challenging and discouraging. Here are 5 tips for your holiday search:
Companies Do Hire in December—Don’t believe people who say that no one hires in December. While it’s true that some searches slow down or get put on hold, plenty of hiring still happens around the holidays. December is still a great time to get your resume out to companies and have interviews. Often, manager are scrambling to hire for open positions before January 1st, so the decision making process can be faster.
There is Less Competition— Most job seekers get discouraged during the holiday season or choose to wait until the New Year. So, often your resume will get noticed faster during the holiday. In fact, some hiring managers report that job applications slow to a trickle around this time of year and they have trouble finding suitable candidates for jobs that must be filled quickly.3.
Remember to Be Flexible—Often companies that are trying to make a hire before the new year are often trying to move quickly but may have limited interviewing slots available because of the vacation schedules of those involved in the interview process You’ll have a leg up if you’re willing to juggle your schedule to make yourself available when they can talk. So, remember to be flexible and it will pay off.
Be Prepared for the Holiday Rejection—Realize that some rejection might come along with the mistletoe this year. If you are searching for a job in December, you could get a rejection near Christmas. Don’t let the possible rejection interfere with your holidays.
Take Advantage of Holiday Networking—We all go to holiday parties and events during this time of year. Most likely, you will be asked about your job search. So be prepared to make the most of these events and the opportunity to network. Networking at any time is a great way to learn about new positions and job opportunities.
Body language reveals a lot about a person. Your body language at work….how professional interact conveys a lot to your peers and manager.
So what does your body language say about you?
Body Language #1: Leaning back in your chair
What It Says About You: It says you are leaving forward into a problem. Don’t lean backwards because it shows that you’re alienating.
Body Language #2: Crossing your arms in a meeting
What It Says About You: Crossing your arms shows you are cut off from receiving ideas…you are defensive. If your body position is open, you are open to receiving new ideas and what people are saying.]
Body Language #3: Gesturing with your hands
What It Says About You: Gesturing with open palms shows you are honest and sensitive.
Body Language #4: Tapping your pen on the table
What It Says About You: This shows you are impatient or in discomfort
Body Language #5: Licking your lips
What It Says About You: Chewing on your lips or licking your lips shows you are nervous and /or bored
Body Language #6: Stretching or yawning.
What It Says About You: Stretching or rubbing you head in meetings signals that you’re bored.
A resume is the most important step in getting a job. The smallest error can cost you the interview and your dream job. Your resume paints a picture of your experience, successes and career. Most hiring managers weigh an applicant’s resume heavily when filling a position. Every piece of information in the resume should be clear, accurate and well-thought-out.
Below are 4 common resume mistakes job seekers should avoid:
Typos and grammatical errors are costly errors because such mistakes can easily destroy your credibility. This can be easily avoided by proofreading your resume. Give it to a friend or family member for a fresh set of eyes. It’s not worth missing out on a job opportunity because of an avoidable spelling mistake.
A common mistake in many resumes where many job applicants spend most of the space highlighting the job responsibilities instead of focusing on their accomplishments. Prospective employers want to see specific, quantifiable accomplishments on your resume. These accomplishment speak to your ability and what you can bring to their team and company.
Exhibiting your specific skillsets are important, especially when you are seeking a technical or IT job, but too much jargon or too much “tech talk” in your resume can often prevent the company from identifying your accomplishment and viewing your experience.
It is important to highlight your experience and accomplishments, but if your resume is too long the hiring manager may not finish reading it….a miss important details that relate to their opportunity. A good rule of thumb is to give enough details about your previous positions, while emphasizing your accomplishment, but leave some more detail you can expand on in an interview. This will help you peak the hiring managers interest in you and help you empress them during the interview.