This course is a practical guide for students moving from school to their first job in Information Technology. It covers the importance of school (hint: not just grades!) and how to develop the skills that employers are looking for today. The course walks students through the job hunting process from beginning to end: building soft skills and technical experience, writing a resume and cover letter, looking for jobs, interviewing, and finally accepting a job offer. It also provides answers to frequently asked questions about getting that first job in IT.
Amber is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer with 15+ years experience working with and teaching Microsoft technologies. She also focuses on professional skills, bridging the gap between techies and non-techies. For her work as a training leader, Amber received Training magazine's 2013 Emerging Training Leader award.
Myth-busting School Welcome to module 2. In this module we're going to do a little bit of myth-busting about school and namely why you're going to school and what's important to focus on. We'll talk about all the different things you can learn and do during school, the ones that are most important, and what employers will be looking for as you start your first job hunt. But first let's check in on Andrew and Linda. Andrew and Linda are meeting for the first time since getting introduced by Andrew's professor. They meet at their local Barstrucks for a cup of coffee. What I like to do when I first start mentoring somebody is to get to know them a little bit more. I understand this is your senior year and you're a computer science major, right? And how are things going for you in school? Good. I've got a 4. 0. That's great. Have you figured out what you're going to focus on? No, not really. I'm into making iOS games right now, though. Is that what you're going to do after graduating? I'm not sure yet. I've got a friend who makes bank making games, so maybe something like that. I figure as long as I get good grades it'll take care of itself. Well grades are obviously important, but putting yourself in a position to make a good living in the real world, that takes more than just getting a 4. 0. Your competition also has grades as good as yours, and if you do decide to go into gaming, for example, you're not necessarily just competing with people in your own school, but many other smart and talented people from around the country, maybe even around the world. Hmmm, I guess the internet can make it a little harder. So what are we going to do to help you stand out? Coming up in this module, we'll talk about what school is not all about and then move on to what school is about. We'll get started in the next clip.
Highly Effective Job Mining Welcome to module 5. During this module I'll be showing you all the different ways you can find jobs these days, including the ways that are most effective, but before we start let's see how Andrew is doing in his job hunt. Andrew and Linda have met at her office to talk about his job search. Let's listen in. I just searched the net for jobs, and I'm totally overwhelmed. I bet. Yeah, there's a ton of results, and I'm not sure where to start. I can give you a few recommendations for sites online, but you might be surprised to learn that job boards are actually not the best way to find a job. Instead, doesn't your school have some job fairs coming up, or career days. I guess. I've never really paid attention. Maybe you could even get a job at the school, like the Computer Lab or as a teaching assistant. Those might be good places to start while you finish up your classes. That's a good idea. It's good ask around your network too. Remember, the majority of jobs out there never get posted on a job board, so you need to rely on who you know. You've been working on building your network, right? Yeah. I joined some student clubs, and I've been talking to my professors. Maybe I should ask them if they know of any job openings or internships. That's the idea, that would be a great place to start. I'll email you some links of job boards that my company uses when we're looking for people. And let me know what your professors have to say. During the rest of this module, we'll talk about the most effective ways to find jobs, followed by less effective ways to find jobs, but things that are still worth mentioning. See you in the next clip to get started.
FAQs: More Real-World Tips, Tricks, and Secrets Welcome to module 8, the final module in this course. We've covered a lot of ground in this course, but there may be some questions that have come up for you along the way. In this module, I'll address some frequently asked questions from beginning to end on your job search. We'll start with FAQs about résumés and cover letters, then questions about how to actually find jobs. From there we'll talk about some questions that might have popped up for you about the job interview and follow-up that happens afterwards. Then finally we'll touch on a few things about job offers and negotiating them. I'll see you in the next clip to get started with FAQs for résumés and cover letters.