IT Technician – Your Ticket to a Great Career!

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Carl Forkner, Ph.D.

Director of Training & Development

Technology devices. Across the globe, most people have one. It may be on your desk, on your lap, or in your pocket. You can use these devices for social media, taking pictures, banking, shopping, research, communicating with others, and much more. The Internet of Things, allowing you to run your security system, household appliances, and other options, once only available to the rich and famous—now it is available to the average consumer. Technology will continue to evolve—it is not going to go away.

Why is this certification so important and what can it do for you?

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ABC’s of Championship Thinking in the Workplace

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A — Avoid assumptions, have an amazing attitude. Show appreciation for the people you work with on a regular basis.
B — Be yourself. Do not be the imitation of someone else.
C — Clarify your wishes, deliver clear, concise communication, commit to your growth
D — Design and Delight in your Destiny, be determined, use due diligence to get all the facts
E — Educate yourself, give no “excuses”
F — Face your fears, Focus on your future, Forgive
G — Adopt a “Good to Great” philosophy, Goals should be twofold: DO goals that will change and BE goals that will remain timeless since these are heart and soul goals. Businesses have DO and BE goals and we should have DO and BE goals as well.
H — stay Healthy by developing a good wellness plan
I — Inspire, improve, become interdependent by helping others grow by releasing the control brought on by independence.
J — “Jump” at the challenges offered. Here is a saying of some advice given to young American Indians at the moment of their initiation.
“As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. JUMP it is not as wide as you think.”
K — Become a “key” employee. Remember the story of “Karate Kid” and how Miyagi portrays Karate as the challenge on taking yourself on from beginning to end, top to bottom, to rethink every aspect of you, and that Karate is not just a form of protection. He had to find out Daniel’s commitment level with a series of tasks including the famous wax on, wax off. No matter what we chose to do, Karate Kid Kommitment (pardon the use of the K, kouldn’t help it) means not walking down the middle of the road. Commitment is either yes you do it or no, you do not but there isn’t any guess so about it.
L & M — This is the LESS of and MORE of: Less negative energy, more positive energy, Less talking, more listening, Less individual, more team.
N — Networks. Highly effective people work in networks, relying on the right people for the right reasons at the right times. We are innately social people so networking is right up our alley.
O — Overcome obstacles. It takes extra effort to be “outstanding”.
P — Be professional, persist over problems, there is power in positive interactions. Research has found that marriages are much more likely to succeed when the couple experiences a 5 to 1 ratio of positive to negative interactions. Additional research also shows that workgroups with positive to negative interaction ratios greater than 3 to 1 are significantly more productive than teams that do not reach this ratio. So what does this mean for you and me? For most of us it means we need to increase the number of positive interactions we have at home and at work and reduce our negative interactions. We need to engage each other with more smiles, kind words, encouragement, gratitude, meaningful conversations, honest dialogues and sincere positive interactions. And to foster these actions we need to create personal and team rituals that help us interact more positively. If we make them part of our organizational process and individual habits they are more likely to happen.
Q — Be a person of Quality.
R — Risk, it is worth it!! Understand that life and decisions carry some measure of risk with it but without moving ahead, we run the risk of standing still.
S — “Solve” the problem, find the “Solution”. Solutions are always out there.
T — Try, try, try….Be truthful.
U — Be Un-equal. We can decide to be average and equal or become above average and unequal.
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For Returning Veterans: 7 Myths and Realities of Organizations

Watch-your-thoughtsAfter 9/11, many men and women volunteered for military duty and as a nation, we are ever so grateful for their service. Now that most are coming home after many months or years of service abroad, combat duty and/or recovering from injuries, transitioning from military life to civilian life is not easy. The cultures are different and many veterans have a hard time getting jobs and keeping them because the military way of doing things doesn’t always apply or function in the civilian work environment.

We at Dynamic Worldwide have partnered with Major General Carl Schneider (Retired) to help returning veterans transition into the civilian work environment. We are offering this course free of charge to any veteran in the Phoenix valley no matter what their situation is. Here is a little tidbit of what the course covers:

 

The 7 Myths and Realities of Organizations:

Myth #1: If you work hard and “keep your nose clean” the company “will take care of you.” By “will take care of you” we mean that you’ll be considered for promotions, special training programs and job assignments that will bring you visibility.

REALITY: A company or organization is an “It” – an entity doesn’t make decisions of policy, procedures, promotions, etc. The people running the entity do. And there are few of those, but many non-management employees. A boss once said:

“Hard work will not guarantee success. Not working hard will likely guarantee failure.”

Myth #2: There is a “perfect” job.

REALITY: There is what appears to be the perfect job. This is akin to “the grass is always greener on the other side.” The problem is, you still have to mow it. What may seem to be the perfect position in another company or department, may not always stay that way. People leave, they get promoted and the situations change, sometimes from one day to another. How can you prepare for the “unexpected”? You can’t. Continue to work hard and control your expectations. Learn all you can about your job, the company and what’s expected of you.

Myth #3: You can be successful without good people skills.

REALITY:

  1. Not easily done. No matter who you are, at one point in your career, you’ll have deal with people to be successful.
  2. People rarely fall for lack of technical skills. Instead, it’s the lack of skill in knowing how to deal effectively with other people where most failures occur. One must be tolerant of differences, control opinions, have empathy, be supportive and respectful.

Myth #4: Understanding corporate and individual unit culture is not important.

REALITY: Accurately reading and understanding the culture of an organization is critical to career success.

Myth #5: To be successful, I don’t need to understand or participate in the organization’s politics.

REALITY: Yes, you do. Politics are a part of all organizations no matter what type they are – both negative and positive politics.

Myth #6: Positive visibility is not important to career success.

REALITY: Positive visibility is a must.

Positive visibility is the ability to behave and complete your work in such a way that sets you apart from others in a positive manner and gets you recognized.

  • Communications skills – speaking, writing and listening
  • Human relations skills
  • Acquire knowledge – about your job, the company, culture, people, problems, competitors, company priorities
  • Sets you apart from those who don’t have them
  • Adds to your skill base
  • Prepares you for opportunities and assignments that require them
  • Builds self-confidence

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5 Things That Will Help Returning Veterans Transition

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There will be 1 million veterans returning to the job market over the next 5 years.  Unemployment rates for these brave men and women sits at 9.2% but is at an astounding rate of 30% for those under age 25 who most likely joined the military to serve fresh out of high school.  The transition process is key and here is how we can help:

1. Understand the challenges they face. Veterans often feel stuck inside their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).  They spend more time relating to their military skill sets than to corporate world job skills.

2. Prepare them to deal with the civilian job market. Less than half of the veterans surveyed (43%) actually feel prepared to make the transition.

3. Build on the skills they already have as they translate to the current job market. This means training and retraining.  There is definitely a skills gap in filling all the positions open in the world of IT and many technology companies and schools are stepping up to partner with the public sector to train and retrain.

4. Help build the confidence that they will find a job that suits them. Only 22% of returning veterans surveyed say that they are confident that this will happen for them.

5. Teach veterans how to tell their story and sell themselves to an employer.

 

Understand, prepare, enhance, build, and teach.  These lay the foundation for a successful transition from the life our deserving veterans chose to the life they secured through their service to our country.

If you are a Post 9/11 Veteran, call us at: 480-907-3071 or toll-free: 866-399-8287

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10 Reasons to get Certified – Career Infographic

If you’re among the unemployed or if you’d like to advance in your career, here are 10 reasons why you should get certified:

10 Reasons to get certified

  1. FULFILLMENT: You feel personal satisfaction about your educational accomplishment. A series of positive events accumulate and provide a sense of satisfaction. Effort put into learning and expanding personal growth through solid education enhances professional accomplishments. It is said that the two accomplishments that we point to with pride are jobs and education.
  2. VALIDATION: Certification validates and affirms your work ethic and pursuit of success. IT leaders today are struggling to find qualified, certified people, according to a survey done by IDG Research. Further research shows that 8 out of 10 HR professionals believe IT certifications will grow in usefulness and importance over the next few years.
  3. PREPARATION: Certification is an inexpensive way to show employers that your skills are up to date. There can be many barriers to continuing your education but money shouldn’t be one of them. The certification process is relatively inexpensive in comparison to community college or university choices and it improves the chances that an employer will pick YOU. The right certification will not hurt you and will certainly help.
  4. VALUE: Certification increases your marketability and value to prospective employers. According to research, in a survey of 1,700 Human Resources and IT executives, most hiring managers rate IT certifications as having extremely high value in validating skills and expertise.
  5. RECRUITABILITY: Certification influences search firms to prioritize and select you as a job candidate. A recent survey by the IT Job Board revealed that 75 percent of recruiters believe that IT candidates with additional qualifications stand a better chance of securing a job. Two of the top technology recruiting companies (Dice and Indeed), listed out the number of jobs listings that mention certifications as such:
  6. FINANCIAL: An individual’s earning potential is enhanced with certification.  For example, in comparison, a PMP certification gives you an average of a 19% pay rate advantage. A+ and Net+ certifications by themselves do not necessarily give a financial advantage but open the doors to other technologies that do for those willing to take the journey beyond the basics. Security+ from CompTIA, for example, is the foundation for other security certifications and security is definitely a hot job area.
  7. EMPLOYABLE: Certification can give you a hiring advantage over non-certified candidates.  Microsoft certifications are hot certifications to have in the marketplace and are proving to maintain their value to employers. If predictions about “virtualization” technology is correct then VMware and the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification will be well worth considering to make yourself employable.
  8. RETAINABLE: Companies tend to retain certified, skilled, and knowledgeable employees. During difficult times, when employment is harder to come by and keep and the competition is fierce, holding additional IT certifications could be vital to sustaining your present position.
  9. PROMOTABLE: Certification opens the door to new careers, job improvement, and advancement.  Certifications are one way IT professionals can keep up with current trends in IT technology, build their IT resume and open new doors of opportunity. Look at your career plan as a roadmap with a certification as one stop on the way to your destination.  Growth through more certifications add more stops to a better destination. 84 percent of IT professionals consider that holding industry certifications will improve their employment opportunities. In your current position, show that you are seeking to improve yourself in areas that are important to the company. Choose specialized training or certifications in the area you are interested in. Problem solving skills and leadership skills are of great value in IT. The more current your skill sets and comprehensive your certifications, the more likely you will be able advance you career and move up the ladder.
  10. PROFESSIONAL: Certification helps you gain unique access to professional group resources. Groups via LinkedIn are open to varying levels of professions and how you are linked to those professions. If you have the knowledge and interest, then there are all kinds of forums for sharing.

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