5 Essential Career Tips for Information Technology Professionals

There are all kinds of myths circulating about a lack of jobs in information technology (IT) fields. Now that the economy is in full recovery, though, layoffs are in decline and new jobs are opening up for IT professionals.

In other words, now is the time to start thinking about your dream career in information technology. If you want to succeed, though, you’ll need some guidance. Here are a few essential tips to help you get started.

1. Earn a Degree

Whether you’re interested in IT security or developer jobs, you’ll find that this is one industry where you really can’t start your career without first earning a degree. It’s not a fake-it-until-you-make-it kind of profession.

This isn’t to say that you have to commit the next decade of your life to higher education. You can get started in as little as 2-3 years with targeted certification courses. Or you could earn a bachelor’s, master’s, or further degrees – it’s up to you.

2. Continue Your Education

The IT field is constantly changing, and you need to stay up-to-date with advances if you want to provide the best service to your employer. This means continuing to learn and apply newfound knowledge and skills.

3. Learn All You Can About Your Employer

If you want to make yourself invaluable to the company you work for, it’s important to become familiar with the IT staffing and architecture. Your knowledge and experience will grow the longer you’re with a company, and this will make you hard to replace, as well as give you leverage to ask for raises and promotions.

4. Be Flexible

You’re more likely to find available positions in major urban venues, so look for jobs in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, and other urban centers, especially if you’re just starting out. Once you’ve got some experience under your belt you may have greater opportunities to find work in a specific city, if you so choose.

5. Work Hard

Technology careers can be demanding, with long hours and stressful days. However, you probably got into information technology because you are interested in working with technology and solving problems. This is not one of those technology jobs where you can phone it in.

However, if you work hard you can prove your value to your employer. In time, you’ll earn raises and promotions, potentially reducing your workload. When you reach your full potential, you can consider other careers in Atlanta, such as working for larger or more prominent companies.

Source:  http://steelejobs.com/2016/03/07/5-essential-career-tips-information-technology-professionals/

Job Openings at SGS Technologie

Founded in 2003, SGS is a software development and IT consulting company that has grown into a global corporation with more than 200 employees in two continents.

SGS is a leader in providing innovative end-to-end application solutions for commercial and government sectors. Our goal is to understand your business objectives and develop solutions based on your input. Whether the need is to develop an application to solve a specific business problem or to integrate applications across the enterprise, SGS has the expertise to deliver quality results on time and on budget.

SGS has a track record of developing applications that support data warehousing, mainframe system support, data center staffing, strategic planning, CRM and ERP integration, document management and workflow, computer-based training and development, and third-party project monitoring. Our projects vary in scope, from basic website development, to multi-year, multi-million-dollar enterprise engagements.

Find more at www.sgstechnologies.net

Apply for these jobs at  http://www.sgstechnologies.net/current-opportunities 

Direct of Business Development:  IT Software Development

Founded in 2003, SGS is a software development and IT consulting company dedicated to exceed our employees and customers expectations. Our simple formula (Quality over Quantity) for success has allowed SGS to grow into a global corporation.

Our employees, without question, are the foundation of our success. We believe that our employees deserve and receive clear communication of expectations, performance-based recognition, advancement and an environment that supports their professional development.

We are looking for Business Development professionals with information technology industry experience to join our team in Jacksonville, FL (HQ) & Dallas, TX.

Business Development Manager – IT Software Development:

  • Acquire in depth knowledge of our software and solutions
  • Confidently manage the full corporate sales cycle from initial enquiry to closure.
  • Create and deliver proposal presentations, RFP responses and software demonstrations
  • Present new products and services to enhance existing relationships.
  • Closes new business deals by developing and negotiating contracts; integrating contract requirements with business operations.
  • Work with technical staff and other internal colleagues to meet customer needs.
  • Arrange and participate in internal and external client debriefs.
  • Present to and consult with mid and senior level management on business trends with a view to developing new services, products, and distribution channels.
  • Identify opportunities for campaigns, services, and distribution channels that will lead to an increase in sales.
  • Identify potential clients, and the decision makers within the client organization
  • Filter out high potential deals by analysing business strategies, opportunity requirements / pre-requisites / financials, and internal priorities

Qualifications Required:

  • Previous experience in software solution sales and/or business development is required
  • Proficiency in solution-selling strategies and consultative sales within the information technology market.
  • Must be able to generate leads through attending industry related conferences and workshops, call and email prospecting, and attending networking events
  • Clearly demonstrated strengths in developing and executing strategic and tactical sales and service plans and service infrastructure
  • Proven business development expertise, with the ability to leverage existing relationships and contacts within the industry, and strong negotiation skills.
  • Must be comfortable closing complex transactions on a deadline.
  • Excellent negotiation and communication skills, both verbal and written

 

Business Development Manager – IT Staffing:

  • Primary responsibility will include developing healthy relationship with existing clients and generate new business opportunities.
  • Manage all existing and new accounts in designated territory, ensuring clients’ needs are met, problems are solved and issues are addressed.
  • Develop IT business contacts at various companies to satisfy their need in contract, contract to hire and direct hire job opportunities.
  • Conduct telephone & in-person meetings with C-level executives and key decision makers.
  • Act as the liaison between the client & SGS, anticipating and understanding the client’s specific needs and offering solutions
  • Negotiate contractual terms and conditions for employment services, and work with the recruiting team to ensure smooth handoffs.
  • Discover, explore opportunities and propose potential business deals by contacting potential partners.

 

Qualifications Required:

  • The Business Development professional will be required to initiate and organize meetings and phone calls with prospects, prepare professional emails, participate in preparation & deliver of sales presentations.
  • Action and results oriented attitude. Capable of developing a strong business case for client action and skills to close the sale.
  • Must have a successful track record in B2B sales experience in the staffing industry or direct sales in a service industry.
  • Must be able to build client relationships with a combination of business development and account management skills.
  • Must have exposure to the Information Technology industry and should be well-versed in IT related jargons
  • Exceptional communication skills, professional attributes and a strong desire to succeed
  • Experience using MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint & Excel.

 

10 Steps to a Tech Career

Don’t get overwhelmed by the choices available to a fledgling techie.

Allan Hoffman, Monster Tech Jobs Expert

10 Steps to a Tech Career

“Where do I start?” That’s an obvious question when you’re considering a technology career. Should you get a technical certification? Learn a programming language? You’ll hear a seemingly endless variety of answers, largely because the technology field is so vast, with numerous career paths ranging from database administrator to network engineer.

For those just starting to consider a technology career, it’s best to avoid the temptation to jump into a potentially expensive, time-intensive training program unless you know it’s the right program and career path for you. Instead, explore the field by picking and choosing from this list of 10 mix-and-match steps to get a sense of the technology job world and what you’re likely to find fulfilling.

Attend an Industry Organization Meeting

Techies working in the industry’s trenches can provide lots of guidance to those just getting started. They can also serve as mentors to assist you as you embark on a tech career. Where can you find these mentors? At industry groups, many of them with college chapters and mentoring programs. Be up front with your need for advice, and ask lots of questions.

For more information, check out:
•”Top IT Organizations”
•”Networking Tips for Techies”

Explore Tech Job Roles

Too many would-be techies blast into the field without thinking through the myriad job roles available. Why commit to studying networks when programming may be right for you? The TechCareer Compass, a resource from industry group CompTIA, will help you sort through the possibilities with its still-evolving taxonomy of technology job roles.

For more information, check out:
•”Help with Tech Job Titles”

Learn HTML

Programmers, technical writers, information architects and many other techies are now expected to know HTML, the language used to display Web pages. Learning HTML is a first step in moving beyond browsing to delve into the Internet’s innards.

For more information, check out:

•HTML Code Tutorial

Read Computer Books

Visit your local library or bookstore, and head to the computer books section. If it’s a megastore, you’ll find hundreds of books, many with obscure titles and topics. Simply perusing books about the industry, as well as specific topics like programming and networking, will help you explore the variety of jobs in the field.

For more information, check out:
•O’Reilly Media

Write a Program

Programming is an essential skill for technology pros. Scores of languages exist, such as C++, Java, C#, Visual Basic and more. Learning JavaScript is one relatively quick way to get started in programming. You’ll need nothing more than a Web browser, a text-editing program and the help of an online tutorial.

For more information, check out:
•JavaScript Tutorial

Install Linux

If you install and run the Linux operating system, you’ll accomplish several things at once. You’ll learn about the open source software movement, and you’ll also get a quick course on an OS other than Windows.

For more information, check out:
•Linux Online

Volunteer Your Services

You may be a newbie, but don’t stay that way. Find someone — even an older relative — who needs computer assistance. This will test your ability to communicate clearly about technology, an essential skill for tech professionals. Nonprofits, religious organizations and other community groups may also be in need of individuals with computer expertise, however newly acquired.

For more information, check out:
•”Volunteering Can Buy You IT Experience”

Contribute to an Open Source Project

Just because you’re not a pro with PHP or MySQL doesn’t mean you’re not ready to contribute to an open source project. The open source movement needs people to help stamp out bugs, write documentation and lend a hand in other ways. Any contribution will help you make contacts and learn about the techie life.

For more information, check out:
•”Open Source Is Not Just for Coders Anymore”

Enroll in a Course or Workshop

Community colleges, universities and technology training centers often offer weekend or evening workshops with entry-level instruction in programming, Web development and networking. Online courses also provide a relatively fast, cost-effective way to gain insight into the field.

For more information, check out:
•”A Second Degree for Your Tech Career?”

Build a Web Site

Forget about those automated homepage building tools. Instead, use your knowledge of HTML and JavaScript to display your prowess with Web technologies. Experiment, have fun and focus on useful tools rather than glitzy graphics.

For more information, check out:
•A List Apart Magazine

Source: http://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/ten-steps-to-a-tech-career

Cyber Security Training Starts May 9

Military Veterans and Spouses May Qualify for Scholarships

Network+ Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
With a large majority of cybersecurity breaches currently arising from attacks via social engineering and other people-centered applications, knowing the “nuts and bolts” of network operations and security is no longer enough to qualify as a superior candidate for many job openings.

This 2-part certificate program provides job-relevant skills required by employers.
Course Start: Monday, May 9
Course End: Friday, August 26
Course Duration: 16 Weeks
Tuition: $2,400 Full scholarships available for military, prior military, dependents, and military spouses

CompTIA Network+
This component offers an introduction to computer networking, including wide area networks (WANs), local area networks (LANs) and the protocols used to coordinate and control communications.

The module will provide the students with the body of knowledge required to pass the Network+ exam from CompTIA. Students will receive one exam voucher. Fifty percent of all course time will be devoted to CompTIA Network+.

Introduction to Cybersecurity
This component offers an introduction to four key topic areas and skillsets essential to current cyber security operations. Fifty percent of all course time will be devoted to these cyber security topics:

  • Analytics and Critical Thinking: This topic teaches biases to students to improve awareness of our weaknesses. It also teaches simple, structured methods to mitigate and overcome those biases, improving their critical thinking and reducing cognitive errors.
  • Communications, Personality Assessment and Leadership for Information Technology:  provides students with best practices in communication, personality assessment and leadership to boost effectiveness in team dynamics. This module will also feature a two-day, in-person communications workshop.
  • Global Perspectives on Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism: introduces ethical and legal considerations of information security as well as interactions with law
    enforcement and regulatory bodies and the management of the relationships. To provide an awareness of the background of geo-politics, students will learn about both US domestic and international developments and an
    analysis of how decision makers seek resolution—addressing legal, policy and operational considerations.
  • Risk Assessment and Management for Information Technology: introduces the concept of risk, explains how risk can affect organizational objectives and how to utilize a risk management methodology to understand, communicate and address risk in operational strategies, plans and activities.

Contact Genene Poppell for enrollment and scholarship information:

Phone: 850-474-3083
Email: gpoppell@uwf.edu

Offered in collaboration with the National Cyber Partnership, Net+ Cybersecurity is a
fast-track preparation for jobs in the cyber industry. Majority of coursework (95%) will be online with assignments due weekly. A two-day in-person communications workshop will occur in Pensacola. The dates will be determined by class members and instructor.