Most Important IT Skills Employers Look For
One of the basic skill sets an employer will look for in an IT professional is the ability to write code. If the job is programming or software/web development, an employer may seek a candidate that can code in several different languages, as many systems are built using more than just one language.
An IT professional should also have an understanding of the process of code-writing, in order to see a software development project through and to manage things like QA (quality assurance).
It’s a commonly held belief in the industry that IT professionals can exist comfortably as introverts, but this is a misconception. Communication skills are paramount for anyone in IT, as information technology professionals are often required to work across many teams and groups. IT professionals often have to provide tech solutions for people who aren’t as savvy. They have to demonstrate leadership at all levels of projects, and with many different groups. They’re often called on to present ideas and reports in larger groups of people.
Part of an IT professional’s job will be to build teams and foster collaboration among their peers.
Knowledge about networking is something that will be required of most IT professionals, in companies both large and small. Knowledge networking is an extension of good communication skills, as it requires gathering groups of people in a working environment to share what they know, in order to build a system of knowledge within an organization that is more than the sum of its parts.
On the other side of “networks,” some IT jobs may include network architects, engineers, and systems administrators. Network administrators (or systems administrators) are responsible for the day-to-day operations of a larger system.
Many IT professionals will need to be self-directed and self-motivated, and a big part of self-directed work means an ability to manage time well. Technology work can often take longer than anticipated, as proven by how often timelines and milestones change over the course of a long project.
An IT professional should be able to accurately assess how long a project should take, and then be able to stick to those timelines. He or she should also be able to help an entire team manage their time, on a daily, weekly, monthly, and project basis.
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