Information Technology Resume Tips

I wanted to write some tips for everyone trying to get a job in the Information Technology field. My Resume writing has been proven time and time again.
I was taught by a US Army consultant to help soldiers get a job when they get out. I took those basic writing skills and made them my own. No longer are we able to set our resume to one page. If you are like me I could fill a whole resume with just qualifications and certifications. This leaves job history, education, objective and anything else relevant out of it.
I use to work as a Technology Supervisor for an outsourced technology company. I have seen hundreds of resumes come across my desk. The ones that really stand out are the ones that are very relevant to the job I was hiring for. Take for example I am hiring for a Queue Technician 2. I want them to have certain skills needed to perform the task in their daily work. I would look for things like active directory experience, help desk experience, customer service skills, and maybe a A+ or MCP. So if you are interested in a Level 2 job make sure you find out what skills are needed. Design your resume around that. Make sure to include those qualifications and add everything else in also. The more you know the better.
Tip 1:
Always state your objective as the job title you are trying to get hired on. Do not put something generic like help desk technician. Type "Help Desk Technician Level II"
Tip 2:
Use a software area in your resume. Here is my example:
Software: MS Office, MS Server 2000/2003/2008, NT Server, MS Windows (2000, XP, Vista,7), Exchange 2003 and 2007, iMail, Active Sync, Blackberry Enterprise Server, Active Directory, Citrix, Needles, Client Profiles , Peachtree, Quickbooks, ACT, Symantec Backup Exec, SAV, Retrospect, Goldmine, iGoldmine, Salesforce, SQL, IIS, Calyx Point, TCP/IP, DNS, etc.
Tip 3:
Use a hardware area in your resume. Here is my example:
Hardware: HP, Dell, IBM, Compaq Workstations and Servers; Cisco firewalls, Cisco VPN, Watch guard firewalls, Sonicwall firewalls, Linksys routers, T1, VOIP, IBM Tape drives, Dell Tape drives, SCSI, SATA, RAID, TeraStation, CAT5, CAT6, T1, T3, Fiber, etc.
Basically you want to show that you know a wide range of skills and have demonstrated profiency in these areas. Brush up your skills on Anti Virus and Anti Spyware also. This is the newest and biggest thing I deal with daily. So volunteer to help your friends rid those computer with spyware. You will learn everything from doing something!
Gone are the days of a geek!! Computer fixers no longer can be that geeky guy that has no communication skills. A technician must be able to explain in normal terms what is going to a person that has no idea how a computer works. Stay tuned for my next article.

Virtual Reality Technology

To say that virtual reality technology has finally arrived would not quite be correct, but it is closer than ever. Let's take a look at this new and developing advancement in our lives.
Virtual reality technology has taken our fantasies and is trying to make

them real-or at least, as real as a computer can simulate. That you can stand (or sit) in your own living room and take a virtual tour of ancient Rome, or have your golf swing analyzed is just short of a technological miracle.
Today's scientists are working on developing the most realistic 3D simulated worlds they can, using virtual reality technology. Computers, combined with special interfacing peripherals, are capable of simulating any environment written into its programs.
Basically, the requirements for such a simulated environment require that the computer and its peripherals be able to project a 3D world that looks at real as possible to the user. It is also necessary that the programs be able to track the user's movements, using that information to adjust the environment accordingly, to give the user a sense of total immersion into his virtual environment.
The degree to which a user feels completely immersed in the virtual environment is called telepresence. Along with being able to interact with the environment, telepresence in virtual reality technology is the standard by which this advancement is measured. A successful telepresence will give the user a sense that he is no longer in his own world, and will have to cooperate and interact with his new environment.
Therefore, the quality of the display is vital. Image resolution and sound quality are the primary systems with the most focus on them in virtual reality technology. But there are scientists working on other sensory feedback systems. User force feedback, called haptic systems, is the event whereupon a user can reach out and touch a virtual object and receive computerized feedback that actually makes the user feel a corresponding sensation. This is the newest element of development in the virtual reality technology world.
For example-about that golf swing analysis we mentioned earlier. Using an actual golf club, the user feels it in his hands, but what he sees, when he looks at it, will be a virtual representation of the golf club. That is one way scientists are using haptic systems to give the sensation of full immersion into a 3D world.
The peripherals used in virtual reality technology become an important factor in giving the user the ability to interact with his 3D world. Such peripherals, like data gloves and omni-directional treadmills, body suits, headsets and joysticks are but a few of the devices in common use today as part of the experience.
The financial implications of virtual reality technology is astounding. Virtual reality technology is not limited to games and theater. With this capability, it will be possible to create products virtually and make changes to them without having to actually build and scrap them. Medical, educational and businesses the world over stand to make great strides in their respective fields when the costs of research and development are reduced through the use of virtual reality technology.

Buying a Computer For Your Small Business - Choosing the Right System

If your looking for a good computer system for your small business your first consideration will probably performance as well as price. With today's technology, however, the performance levels of today's computers are suitable for most business applications and I'm not talking about the latest, greatest, state-of-the-art machines either. You can assume that a desktop PC in the $500-$1000 range will be able to handle any business software that you will be using. Whether it's bookkeeping or accounts receivable software, such as Quicken, your small business desktop should not be a major expense.
A Typical Small Business Computer System:
Here's an example of a good system that won't break the bank - it sells for less than $600.00.
SYX Venture H420i ITX PC Bundle Intel E5300 Dual Core 2.6 GHz, genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64 Bit, 2GB DDR2, 500GB Hard Drive, DVDRW, 19″ LCD Monitor Small Form Factor PC.
What does this system summary really mean?
Dual-Core technology (dual core-just a fancy name for two microprocessors)
500GB SATA II hard drive (that's 500 gigabytes: 100GB is ok for starters)
2GB of DDR2-800 memory (DDR2 is a type of memory used in most newer systems today-it's the 2 GB memory size that we like)
Intel E5300 Dual Core 2.6 GHz CPU (Intel brand dual core (two microprocessors) with a very good speed of 2.6 GHz)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 software (the newest version of Microsoft Windows)
Intel DG41 motherboard (not that important unless you want a different motherboard)
GMA 4500 integrated graphics (standard graphics card good for regular applications)
This Bundle Includes:
SYX Venture H420i ITX Desktop PC (the CPU)
SYX Venture 19-inch LCD Monitor (and it comes with a monitor)
One advantage to shopping on line is the amount of information that is available to the buyer. Here's an example of a spec sheet (the actual specs list is much longer but I have kept it shorter for the sake of article space): A spec sheet is almost always found in an internet ad.
Key Features:
Condition: New
Lifestyle: Business
Operating Systems: Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
Startup Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Pro
Platform: PC
Form Factor: mini-ITX
Bays: 1 - 5.25" Slim/Slot Loading Drive Bay
Internal Bays: 1 - 3.5" Drive Bay
Available 3.5" Drive Bays: 1 - Front Accessible
Available 5.25" Drive Bays: 0
PCI Slots (Total): 1 Low Profile PCI
PCI Slots (Available): 1 Low Profile PCI
PCI Express X1 Slots (Available): N/A
PCI Express X16 Slots (Total): N/A
PCI Express X16 Slots (Available):N/A
PS/2 Keyboard Connectors: 1
As you can see the information about this system is extensive and something you might not find at a retail store. Along with a spec sheet you'll also get a pretty good description of the system as shown below:
The SYX Venture H420i Desktop PC's compact design easily fits on any desk in your office. It comes loaded with the Windows 7 Professional 64-bit operating system with a Windows XP Professional custom image downgrade for the flexibility your productivity applications require. Handle multiple presentations and reports simultaneously using the Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5400 2.7GHz processor and 2GB of DDR2 memory. A Slim DVD±RW Dual Layer optical drive lets you backup data to DVDs and CDs. The Slim DVD±RW Dual Layer optical drive provides speedy downloading and uploading to your company's server via the 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet port.
Used (refurbished) vs. New
There are many places where you can buy refurbished (including off-lease) desktop computers today. It is the opinion of this author, however, that you should make this consideration only if a couple hundred dollars is that important to your budget. With technology being as cheap as it is today, why take the chance? Besides that new systems generally come with a 12 month parts and labor warranty. What you buy used today may not be working so well in a few months.
Best Computer Deals
There are plenty of computer superstores and office supply stores that sell computer systems and you might find some pretty good prices as well. However, do not overlook purchasing a computer online. Many times you'll find better prices and offers that include free shipping as well which makes the purchase more attractive and the selection is very often astonishing. Remember, it doesn't take up any floor space to put up a website.
All in all, you should be able to find the best desktop with the performance level you are looking for, and, with the price you are willing to pay. Do not be afraid to shop on line. It may be one of your best options for finding the best computer prices on the market.
Other Considerations When Buying A Small Business System
Expansion capabilities for the future may be very important to you. There may come a time when you want more memory or a bigger hard drive. Perhaps your system has started to run a little slower and you want to speed it up. Whatever problems you may encounter down the road they might be alleviated by hooking up an external device or adding a card to an internal expansion slot. Here are a few things to remember when making a new computer purchase.
USB Ports
USB ports are important components that allow you to connect printers, flash drives, digital camera, MP3 players, mice and keyboards, Usually a CPU will come with four USB ports but there are some that have eight or more. If you anticipate connecting a lot of external devices make sure to check how many ports come with the system
Optical CD and DVD Drives
A CD and DVD if possible. Also desirable would be a CD-RW (re-writable) format and DVD-RW format if affordable in your budget. A recordable DVD drive can store up to 4.7GB of data which makes it a good device to have if you are using graphics or muisic intensive data.
Some drives can also record data, images, music or video to CDs and/or DVDs. Actually you want both.
PCI Slots
Your system should have two free PCI slots for future expansion possibilities, PCI slots will enable you to use other hardware features like audio cards or network adapters.
AGP Slot
Your graphics card uses a high-speed expansion slot to display 3D images. (AGP means Accelerated Graphics Port). What's good about having an AGP slot is that the graphics card will have it's own RAM that is uses with the CPU so your system will not slow down. Having this slot will be beneficial if you want high power graphics in the future.
Essential for connecting to the internet. An internal 56Kbps V.90 modem is

standard fare on nearly every new PC nowadays
Hard Drives
Today the typical computer will come with a hard drive that has at least 40 GB of storage. Our recommendation, though, would be in the area of at least 100GB to 160GB for small business applications. A common drive speed is 5400 rpm but a 7200 rpm Ultra-ATA/100 drive will perform much better. The Ultra-ATA is what connects the drive to the PC.
Hopefully breaking down the hardware elements as I have in this article will make your small business computer purchase a little easier. Thanks for reading and if you enjoyed the article please leave a comment.