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Houston Career Fair Success!

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Fri, Mar 01, 2013

The Houston MyComputerCareer Campus first Career Fair was a huge success! Students, graduates and employers participated in this event. There were interviews conducted on-campus and second interviews were scheduled for the following week. The Houston Team came together and made a huge impact, not only for our students and graduates, but to for employers and potential students attending the early morning career consult. All employers were impressed by our students and have already confirmed for our next event. Some employers are coming back to be guest speakers and conduct a hiring event.

MyComputerCareer is completely dedicated to the success of our students and alumni. We give our students the skills and knowledge to succeed in Information Technology and go so far as to bring IT hiring managers to them. Let us help you get your first computer job. Check out the MyComputerCareer program, read the success stories, and take the FREE Career Evaluation to see if this is something for you.

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Tags: Career Services Updates, Computer Careers, News Houston

Success Breeds Success As MyComputerCareer Partners With Businesses

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Wed, Jun 13, 2012

Raleigh CSDWe had an awesome turnout in Raleigh from students and companies for the MyComputerCareer Student Career Fair. Nine local companies were in attendance with gifts for the students and huge displays. The students were thrilled to see just how successful it was. 

Two students were already offered jobs at our number one client, who was at the Fair. We also had two students start working for them last week through their veterans program (they do not have to wait on background checks in this program). Here is a little history on these two:

Student #1 is a retired veteran with a lot of management experience and his own computer repair business on the side. When he was laid off, he decided to go with his passion for IT. This student interviewed last week and started working for the client on Monday in a full-time, permanent IT position. He told me after his first couple days that he loves the job and it was just the right fit.

Student #2 was a truck driver before enrolling at MyComputerCareer. He also interviewed last week with our client and started work in his new IT job on Monday as Technical Support. On his first day at work, he called me to say, "my manager needs to hire two more people immediately and I told him about MyComputerCareer!" We were able to get him three students with CompTIA A+ certification within 30 minutes. Two of them were offered positions!

How would you like to participate in an IT Job Career Fair??? Check out the MyComputerCareer program, read the success stories, and take the FREE Career Evaluation to see if this is something for you.

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: IT jobs, Career Services Updates, Computer Careers, Success Stories

Reputation Management Gets Our Students IT Jobs

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Wed, Jun 06, 2012

Houston CSDI thought I had spoken with every staffing company in Houston, but not the one that called me last week. They have heard of MyComputerCareer, 'though. The recruiter that contacted me said he knew us from some of our students. These students worked for a company that he was staffing for and had all been doing a really good job.

It says a great deal about the type of service we are providing to the community here in Houston. To get a call from a company that knows us because of our students is remarkable.

This recruiter had a client that needed techs to build and test laptops, desktops and servers.  We spent some time together and I provided him with some students. Thus far he has called and interviewed every student I sent him and they are all moving forward in the hiring process. The problem is he wants MORE candidates!!! What a problem to have!

How would you like to be an in-demand candidate for an IT Job??? Check out the MyComputerCareer program, read the success stories, and take the FREE Career Evaluation to see if this is something for you.

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: Career Services Updates, IT Training, Success Stories

Getting An IT Job Is A Numbers Game

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

If you've worked in sales, you've probably been told "it's a numbers game" - meaning the successful salespeople are successfull because they're the ones making tons of calls and meeting tons of prospects. The greatest salesperson in the World won't have a lick of success if they don't pick up the phone. It's like that here at MyComputerCareer Career Services.

Raleigh CSDWe're not content to just feed resumes to the hiring managers we know and have had success with. That wouldn't be fair to our students. Very recently, we made a lot of progress adding several companies to our career fair. Overall, about a dozen companies, about half new, will have hiring managers out to meet (and hire!) our students.

What this means to our students is very simple; MORE OPPORTUNITY! Monday we had a recent graduate start with a HUGE company here in the Research Triangle Park. He came to us with a very limited techincal background. A few weeks back, a recruiter for this company contacted me seeking a technical trainer. I passed along his resume and he was hired, for a permanent position, at $44K - DOUBLE what he was making previously. Positions like this are rarely advertised on job sites. It's our relationships, built on hard work and the value of our students, that get these jobs. We would love to find a new IT job for you.

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: IT jobs, Career Services Updates, Computer Careers, Success Stories

Resume Building For A Computer Career

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

Dallas CSDThis week a student told me he locked down an IT job with a Fortune 100 company! Even though it's an entry level position, he will be installing routers, hubs, and switches - and programming, testing, and turning up equipment. The hiring manager even said he could take home some old equipment to help study for his CCNA. The student was really excited and I am too! What an AWESOME resume builder and a great start to a NEW CAREER!

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Tags: Career Services Updates, Computer Careers, Success Stories

Back To The Well For More MyComputerCareer Talent!

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

Well our software company neighbors upstairs are at it again. After receiving his resume, interviewing and making an offer to our student, all in the same day, the hiring manager was on our campus again. He needed our help!!

This time he needed someone for database monitoring. We met for a while and I gave him three candidates that I thought would be a fit.  The next day, one of the students came on campus. He was all dressed up. I had never seen him look so dapper! He had just left the interview and had been offered the job! $30K and he started the very next day!!! This student doesn't show much emotion but he couldn't believe it happened so quickly. He immediately went into the classroom to begin to tell his story.

Houston CSDNot long after that the hiring manager was on campus to tell me how great our students were doing. I did ask about the other candidates I had given him and he told me that those that responded first and could interview first were given first consideration. Once he found the right person there was no need to look any further. You snooze, you lose. 

That's a great lesson on how hard we have to work. If we don't get requirements from hiring managers - and our students' resumes out to hiring managers, they won't get the IT jobs they deserve.

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: IT jobs, Career Services Updates, Computer Careers, News Houston

The Career Services Team Is Dedicated To Getting You An IT Job!

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Mon, Apr 09, 2012

There are more and more options each day for people looking for a computer training program focused on IT certifications.  Most make promises in their literature and claim that they're the best for a variety of reasons.  Where we stand out is in our promise to aid students in landing a job in the IT field. 

One of the questions MCC Admissions Directors get asked the most is about our dedication to helping our students break into a new IT career.  We can't blame them for being skeptical and we rarely get to answer with such detail, so we asked our Career Services Director in Raleigh, Shareefah Dickens, to share with us, and you, a rundown of her week.

Career Services Director, Shareefah Dickens"I feel like a very proud mama when I report on our Raleigh students!  This week I was able to submit 12 students for a position and 9 were hired!  The recruiter working on the project reported back with absolute praise saying we saved her.  Her words: 'Your Students were praised over more technical staff, I appreciate all the efforts.'”

"I also found out that one of my good contacts has now moved on to corporate recruiting for [a major pharmaceitical firm] and will attend our next career fair!  Later in the week, I attended a career fair to build my network of hiring managers.  I made contact with [several major area employers].  One Manager said his starting salaries are $70K and up for entry level opportunities!  My plan is to get several students in front of him immediately for review."

Landing your first job in IT isn't easy.  Heck, landing ANY job in today's economy isn't easy.  Most experts will tell you that a successful job search starts with networking and being well prepared.  At MyComputerCareer, you'll find both in the same place.  OUR promise is to go the extra mile in educating and preparing you for your future.  That includes people like Shareefa who's job it is to get you in the door at IT companies all over the area.

   

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Tags: Career Services Updates, Computer Careers

MyComputerCareer Career Services Rocks - Persistence Pays!

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Tue, Feb 07, 2012

Claude Green, Houston CSDHouston Campus - Career Services Director, Claude Green:

I had a meeting yesterday with Harry B. and Calvin S. with E** Staffing.  Harry is the owner and Calvin is the IT guru.  We met to talk about IT job opportunities in the Houston area.

Of course IT candidates will not be a problem as MyCC will be providing them with a stream of skilled and certified candidates as the job orders start pouring in.  They also have an office in Dallas so there should be some opportunities for our Dallas campus as well.

I have been working with B*** Staffing for over a year now and it took that long for us to finally get a student placed with them.  Once that happened we were able to place a second student with them almost immediately. They gave me two job orders today, one with an energy company and one with an oil and gas company and pleaded with me to help them fill both positions.  No problem!!

Over a year ago I decided to cold call companies in our building to see if there was a need for IT candidates.  I came across a company called Mob*** and met with the IT Director.  They develop software for oil and gas companies and do a lot of work for EXXON.  I stayed with it and continued sending them resumes from time to time over the last 10 months and I finally got another bite.  They are now looking for a software analyst, someone to provide support for the software they develop.  They have interviewed a couple more of our students this week and should be making a decision on Monday as to who they wish to hire.

Todd Mankin, Dallas CSDDallas Campus - Career Services Director, Todd Mankin

This week was a productive one for me as I spent a bit more time out seeing clients and drumming up new business. I didn’t get as many job orders as I would have liked to but had a few meetings that I think are going to pay off handsomely in the coming months.

C*** interviewed four students this week and are going to make an offer to at least one of them on Monday or Tuesday of next week. They have three positions open and we are hoping that MyCC students are chosen for all of them.  I expect there are other ways for MyCC and [the company] to partner very soon. Thanks Autumn!

V*** interviewed Jim M. this week and the interview went very well. Jim told me that the manager gave him the story about how I placed him as a NOC Tech there 12 years ago. Jim said that 3 of the 4 managers and employees that he met told him that I placed them there when I was recruiting. I found that amusing and humbling at the same time. I am really hoping that Jim gets in the door and helps champion our students in. This could be a huge break!

This week E. M. interviewed with [two companies]. He is torn at this point because [one] really liked him and may make him an offer, but [the other] has already made him an offer and he has accepted it. I told him that either way he is in a great position. Two excellent job opportunities in the same week! Exciting for him.

Shareefah Dickens, Raleigh CSDRaleigh Campus - Career Services Director, Shareefah Dickens

Week 5 of 2012

The Raleigh campus has had to make a few adjustments this week to accommodate students.  We had the cover-letter and interview workshop this week.  With the large class that recently started, I have decided to have workshops on Monday and Tuesday to split the class.  The new class actually has a good amount of people on campus on Tuesday.  They were driving from up to 2 hours away to get to class!

My goal this week was to make sure H** were on board with hiring the three students they extended offers to last year.  I took doughnuts over to their office and decided to ask the manager out to lunch on the spot.  Well it just so happen she was available.  We discussed why the process was moving so slow and she advised me to let the students know she would do everything in her power to speed things up.  Well, Bobby S., Douglas H., and Emir D. received their offer letters yesterday and will start on Monday 2-6-11.  They are all really excited because this will be their first opportunity to work onsite as Helpdesk Technicians. 

I met with [my contact] over at M*** to discuss how we can continue our partnership.  The company has really expanded in this area and she is a great contact for Raleigh. She is open to participating in campus activities and helping to market our students.

Success Story:  Jeff C. took an entry level IT position at IBM over 6 months ago to stay in the field while he completed his certifications. He was offered a position with [a new company] making 19.00/hr which was an upgrade from his IBM position.  He was not hesitant at all to start this position.  He walked in the door on Tuesday.  Chris Mullan helped to make this happen and plans to get more of our students upgraded to this from the IBM contracts.

Bruce W. and Jeffrey L. are now confirmed to start with C*** on Monday as Technical Support Engineers. Until next week.

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: Career Services Updates, Success Stories

Hard Work and Passion land Adrian Vincent a new IT Career

Posted by Bill Sallada on Mon, Aug 15, 2011

This update comes to us from Claude Green, the Career Services Director at the Houston MyComputerCareer Campus.  Claude wanted to highlight Adrian Vincent this week because Adrian applied for a position along with other candidates who were more experienced, but he landed the job because he impressed the employer with his hard work and passion for doing the job right.


"This week I wanted to highlight Adrian Vincent.  Adrian was working on a project with Capital One that ended last Friday.  He had been there for a few months supporting a migration.  He called me to tell me the project was ending and he needed to find additional employment quickly.  I sent his resume over to C3 Solutions and Adrian was called in for an aptitude test and then called back two days later for an in-person interview.  The hiring manager told Adrian that he had interviewed candidates with twice as much experience but half the passion.  Adrian convinced the hiring manager to give him a shot.  Adrian told him if after 30 days he couldn’t cut it then they would part ways.  Adrian started work the very next day.  At the end of the day the hiring manager gave Adrian a key to the building and said I liked everything I saw from you today and you asked all the right questions .…so welcome aboard!!!"

Prior to coming to MyComputerCareer.com, Adrian had worked in construction for 20 years.  He had aspirations to get into the IT industry, and we were able to help him realize meet those goals at MyComputerCareer.com.  Adrian is also an aspiring golfer.  Sadly, we were unable to help him with that dream, but at least we helped him get started in the IT industry.

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: Career Services Updates, News Houston, Success Stories

MyComputerCareer IT Jobs: A day in the week

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Mon, Feb 21, 2011

Here's an example of a weekly report from one of our Career Services Directors reporting on students getting IT jobs. It clearly illustrates the success stories that happen for career changers when they follow the MyComputerCareer program and believe in themselves. Congratulations to those mentioned below and all students at MyComputerCareer that are working hard and achieving their career goals!

Report from Chris Mullen, Career Services Director, Raleigh campus:

As I signed off last week, I mentioned: “Career Services has high hopes for next week – it could be a big one!!!”  I felt good going into the week, but had no idea just how big of a week it would really be – and it all started on Monday.  Literally every day this week I had at least one student come to tell me they had landed a position

David S. landed over at IBM just 2 months into the (MyComputer Career) program – he was formerly a bus boy for an Olive Garden.  He walked into campus at around 6:10 on Monday evening smiling from ear to ear – “Thank you so much,” he said.  “My Grandfather actually told me he was proud of me.”  Talk about great stuff!!  This is the first step of big things to come for him and I am just really excited to be a part of it. 

IBM Logo

Another big time success was that of Jess N.  Jess came to me about a month ago to finalize the mock interview so he could get moving with finding a new opportunity.  Two weeks into the process, he came to me frustrated, telling me he was getting calls but wasn’t moving forward with anything.  His reason:  lack of experience.  He had come from an automotive mechanic background, and his thought was if I don’t have the experience, I won’t be considered for the position.  I told him – they have your resume in hand and know what skills you bring to the table.  Why would they be calling if they didn’t have interest??  The power of positive thinking goes a long way and this all made sense to Jess.  The very next day, he got a call for an IT support role that didn’t pan out, but he thought he really did well explaining what skills he had that would translate. 

The following Monday, I got his resume over to Joel, one of my contacts with The Select Group, for a position that they were working on.  Joel immediately fell in love with Jess’s attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to be successful in IT and promptly submitted him to another client of his – Quintiles – where Jess interviewed and got the job. 

He came in to discuss the new position with me and his excitement about the role.  He thanked me, but I told him to thank himself – without his positive approach, he would have never even gotten an opportunity to move forward.  The same can be said for most of our students.  If you have a positive outlook on everything, good things will come, and in this case, everything worked out for Jess, as he sees Quintiles as a potential home for him.  I am really excited for Jess!!! 

Quintiles logo

Plenty of interviews are still pending and we have another student that is on the brink of getting his “fly out date” for Afghanistan – more to come…

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: IT jobs, Career Services Updates, Success Stories