So you’re tired of the shit job you have and would like something with better pay. You’ve run into an IT job posting before but maybe hesitated to apply because you lack the requirements they’re asking or don’t know anything about computers and networking.
With these simple tips, you’ll hopefully get your first computer tech job and work your way up the food chain.
Step 1: Get educated
The beauty about IT is that you can make it pretty far in your career without a degree upfront. But you will need a solid foundation in computer knowledge. Which is why I recommend you study and get your CompTIA A+ certification.
There are thousands of IT certifications out there and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with not knowing which is the ideal cert to get. I recommend the Comptia A+certification hands down. Go to indeed.com or ziprecruiter.com and type “Comptia A+” into the search bar. You’ll see hundreds of results.
The beauty of this certification is that it covers everything an entry-level IT guy will run into at his job. It goes over
- Computer Hardware
- Operating Systems
- Software Troubleshooting
- Mobile Devices
To get started on studying for the CompTIA exam, i recommend CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Tenth Edition (Exams 220-1001 & 220-1002)
And also Professor Messer’s website for free online A+ courses. With that book and the online videos, you’ll easily get your A+ certification quickly.
Step 2: Start getting hands-on experience
Alright, so you passed your certification exam and now have a better understanding of how computers work. You have practical knowledge in the topic but now need real-life experience on top it all off. Where can we get real-life experience? Easy, here are a couple options you can seek
- Find residential customers and create a craigslist post under Services –< computer and post an ad showcasing your services. (Extra)You can create a business email and google voice number to make it look professional.
- Find online customers – fiverr.com and upwork.com have many customers (residential and businesses) looking for IT help every day.
Step 3: How and where to apply
We now have an IT certification and real-life experience under our belt. Now we create a resume to start applying to companies. Check out fiverr.com if you need a resume professionally created for a good price. Here’s the best way to search for entry-level IT positions without frustrating yourself or ending up with a headache.
- Go to Craigslist < Jobs < Technical support or Systems/Network. You’ll find many small businesses looking for entry-level IT guys with little to no credentials. This is how I got my first IT job.
- Go to Indeed.com or Ziprecruiter.com and search “IT support”, “Helpdesk”, or “Tech support”. The search will populate many entry-level positions.
Step 4: (Bonus) Create an LLC and work under It
If you have $100-$200 to spare you can use a service like IncFile to create an LLC. Help residential clients under your small computer repair business. Its technically a legal business, so you can add it onto your resume, and thatll help you search for your “second” IT job.
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