Passed CCNA and Landed a Job

I love to share stories of students who have little hands on experience or industry experience but still decide to study hard. They pass the exam and it comes as no surprise to me that they get a job. Here is a note from Brian...

Get Immediate Experience – Risk Free

Answers are usually right under your nose you know. I see people struggling and fighting to get ahead when there is almost always an easy option. Take getting experience you can use to add to your resume for example. Did you know that you can...

Certification Leads to Jobs

I know others will argue that experience counts and of course it does count for a lot. But let’s not veer too far towards the argument that you are more employable if you  have a relevant certification. There are so many benefit to employers to recruiting certified...

The Six Ps

The armed forces have a slightly rude version of this but for our purposes we will refer to the six P’s as: Prior Planning and Preparation Prevents Pretty Poor Performance And we need to know how to apply this to our search for the perfect IT...

Steering Cars

If you had to steer a car would you prefer to steer a stationary or a moving car? I’m guessing that you would choose the moving car. The wheel would turn far easier because of the momentum and the fact the tyres were rolling assisting...

Volunteer to Get Experience

If you have some qualifications but lack experience then consider volunteering. You get to do something worthwhile. You get experience on your resume and a reference. Here are some tips to get the most out of...

How to Make People Instantly Like You

Being liked is a very useful thing.

It is the grease which makes our personal and business relationships work. We’ve all worked with people who were unlikeable and it makes going to work a real drag.

What if there was a way to become instantly likeable? What if we could use this skill whenever we needed it and what if it was free?

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Do You Have a Card?

I talk a lot about networking with other people on this site, mainly in the training videos.

Networking is the best way to get a job or contract because of the sheer power of work of mouth marketing.

Now Imagine you get to meet or even bump into somebody who runs an IT department and they are interesting in speaking to you again. At the end of the conversation they ask for your business card. What would you say?

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Do Your Homework

So you have been called for an interview with a company. You have prepared all your technical knowledge, got a nice suit and a decent haircut.

All ready to go then. But have you done your research?

Do you actually know what the company does? What it stands for? The latest news release or why they are even hiring?

If you don’t then you need to find out.

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Teach

There was a time I taught my very first IT lesson you know.

It was a long time before I had set up my own training company and was delivering Cisco courses to blue chip companies all over the UK.

I volunteered to teach e-mail sending to novice users at work. It was pretty easy and was another string to my bow.

It was fun, easy and  had another advantage which was to come in very useful later on.

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Dress for Success

Unless you are working for Google – people at your work will usually wear smart dress if they are customer facing.

This is great news if you hate to dress smart and IT people in particular love to wear their jeans and tee shirts with amusing slogans on.

Here is where you can become unstuck though.

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Job Hunting Mistakes

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

If your strategy isn’t working then change it!

Don’t do more of it. Don’t do less of it.

Stop doing it and make changes.

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Find Out Your WHY

The reason I see most people give something up is nearly always the same.

They never stopped to work out why they wanted to achieve the thing in the first place. I mean sure, perhaps they had a vague idea around money, time or other stuff but if you had to tie them down to specifics they would struggle.

Here is how to do it.

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Aim High

I wonder why so many IT people aim so low when looking for jobs. This is especially true when trying to land their first role.

Here is a novel idea – aim high. Here is why.

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Are You Lost?

You will know if you are lost if you don’t know where you are. You need to know where you are currently only if you have a destination. If you have no destination then it doesn’t really matter where you are doing does it?

If that sounds familiar it is based upon an exchange from Alice in Wonderland between Alice and the cheshire cat. Read more…

The Whole Package

There is one person who should be the most passionate about you getting the most out of your career and life. Can you guess who that person is?

That’s right. It’s you! Read more…

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