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GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
MINISTRY OF NATIONAL SECURITY
31-33 Abercromby Street, Port of Spain
Career Opportunity (contract)
The Information Technology Unit of the Ministry of National Security is in the process of restructuring
its operations in response to increasing demand for Information and Communication Technology
services and support throughout the Ministry. In this regard applications are invited from suitably
qualified nationals of Trinidad and Tobago to fill the following contract position in the Information
Technology Unit, General Administration, Ministry of National Security.
Role: The incumbent is required to provide technical services in the management, operations and
maintenance of the computer network hardware and software, intranet, internet, portal, communica-
tions, LANs, WANs and related connectivity infrastructure of the Ministry. Duties include: operating
and maintaining network and connectivity components; monitoring network security; resolving net-
work problems and service incidents; and supervision of Technical and Support Staff as required.
Minimum Experience and Training:
• Minimum of three (3) years' experience performing at a technical level
• Minimum of eighteen (18) months' experience in the design, operation and maintenance of
network, messaging and communications infrastructure in both a LAN & WAN environment
• Training as evidenced by the possession of a recognized Bachelor's Degree in Computer
Science, Computer Information Systems, Information Systems Management, Computer
Engineering or a related area.
• Cisco Certification Network Associate (CCNA) Certification will be an asset.
• Experience with Cisco products and technology.
How to apply:
For further details on these positions please visit www.nationalsecurity.gov.tt
Applications including Resume giving details of qualifications and experience, names and addresses
of two (2) references should be sent to:
The Permanent Secretary
Ministry of National Security
Temple Court 1
31-33 Abercromby Street
Port of Spain Trinidad West Indies
Closing date for applications is March 13, 2015.
We thank all interested applicants, but advise that only those who are shortlisted will be contacted.
Steps to Interview Success
Most employers do not have a shortage of
job seekers from which to choose their next
employees. To stand out from the crowd of
also-rans, successful job seekers use the inter-
view process to showcase their work ethic and
to demonstrate their value as an employee.
Here s how:
Prepare like you already work there, and the
interview is part of your job.
Preparation is a crucial part of being impres-
sive in the interview. Demonstrate interest in
this employer and this position by being well-
prepared for the interview, hopefully, better
prepared than any other job seeker.
This can also be a good way to determine
how good a fit the new employer might be for
you, so keep that in mind during your research.
• What does that preparation involve?
Thoroughly research the employer. This means
looking at the employer s website, and MORE.
What do they do? When were they founded?
How long have they been in business? How
big are they? What are the names of the prod-
ucts and/or services? How do they present
themselves? Where are they located? Who
are the officers and managers and other people
visible on the employer s website?
Do they have jobs posted on their website?
If they do, what are they? Do they have a lot
of jobs open or a few? Are they hiring in a
specific function or location which seems to
be growing? Are you interviewing for a job in
the function or location which is growing (if
any) or in a different function/location? If
there is a function or location which seems to
be growing, see if you can figure out why. Or
add it to your list of questions to ask in the
If they don t have a lot of jobs open, perhaps
they have "low turnover" -- people don t leave
because they like working there. If they do
have a lot of jobs open, perhaps that is a dif-
ferent signal. Or perhaps not. When you go
there for the interview, see if you can find out
open (if you observe either in your research).
If they have a section of press releases, scan them
and read the latest carefully -- and if the latest news
was 1 or two years ago, wonder a little about what
is going on there.
Look for a LinkedIn Company Profile (using a
"Companies" search). The LinkedIn Company
Profile will usually show a summary of contact and
industry information including company size (number
of employees), industry, headquarters location, and
where employees are located. So offices across the
globe are highlighted with the number of company
employees who are LinkedIn members in each coun-
try, region, or city.
Then, put a search engine to work:
Look for clues about the company s reputation.
Search for "(company name, product, or service)
launched" and "(company name, product, or service)
announced" for good news. Look for bad signs by
searching on "(company name, product, or service)
closing" or "(company name, product, or service)
Who are their competitors? How are they dif-
ferent from/better than their competitors? Search
on terms like, "better than (company name, product,
or service)" and "similar to (company name, product,
or service)" to find that information.
How is the organisation doing financially? If
it is a company with stock traded on a stock market,
there should be an annual report plus quarterly
financial reports which will show both sales and
profitability. So search on terms like "(company
name) financial results announced" and "(company
name) improved (or declining) profits." Going to a
company in shaky financial circumstances may mean
a new job search too soon if the company doesn t
survive or if it begins laying off employees.
Can you see any opportunities -- or challenges --
that you might be able to help them address? Don t
give the impression you think they are dumb when
presenting your ideas in the interview. Slip in a
comment or two when the opportunity arises that
reference a weakness in a competitor s product or
service, for example, and how it might be exploit-
ed.Also, do a search on a job aggregator like
Indeed.com to see what jobs are open. Do they
seem to be opening a new location, a new division
or section of the company, or perhaps replacing
many middle managers. If you see something that
looks extraordinary, see if you can find out what is
going on, using Google or your network. Or, perhaps,
ask the question in the interview.
Research the people.
Joe said that he always provides the names and
titles of the people who will be participating in the
interview process. So, at the very least, he expects
job seekers to check the LinkedIn Profiles of those
If the recruiter doesn t volunteer those names,
ask for them when the interview is being sched-
Of course, LinkedIn will show the job seeker any
common "connections" to the people named, as
well as others who work for the employer, and the
degree of connected-ness with these people (1st,
2nd, or 3rd degree).
Then, look at the individual LinkedIn Profiles of
those employees to learn more about them, hopefully
to discover ways to "connect" with the people in
the interview process:
• Perhaps you share a former employer, job, or
accomplishment with one of the interviewers.
• Perhaps you share a college or grad school expe-
rience or the same degree and a major.
• Perhaps you share a location with someone
involved in the interview process.
• Perhaps you share a LinkedIn Group with current
or former employees -- perhaps a Group for a
relevant industry or professional association or
a hobby or interest.
The job seeker may be able to establish some rap-
port with one or more interviewers by mentioning
a common background, experience, or interest.
And, again, the LinkedIn Company Profile offers
invaluable information about the LinkedIn members
who work at the company, including where they
worked before working for this company. It will
also show where employees who left went for their
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