We’ve all seen programmes like The IT Crowd that epitomise the IT nerd stereotype. Albeit amusing, the reality of what is required for an IT professional is very different.
Every potential employer will hold a checklist for the skills and attributes they’re looking for in an IT job candidate. Europe’s top eLearning provider, The Learning People, talk through the soft skills required for any IT role.
Did you know… One of the key capabilities Microsoft looks for in employees is self criticism
This doesn’t mean you should take a negative spin on every piece of work you do when asked to feedback. Instead, adopt a humble acceptance of the fact that there’s always room for improvement. The moment you stop learning, you stop becoming a valuable employee.
Employers are also looking for a demonstration of your drive and motivation.
As mercenary as it may sound, a business will rarely be put off by a candidate if one factor that motivates them is their earnings. After all, business is business.
Candidates that thrive in a business are the ones that partner this motivation with a determination to achieve professionally and personally.
Demonstrating enthusiasm, especially in the face of tough setbacks, and having the self awareness to understand what makes you tick are key qualities for any career. If you’re a budding IT Support Technician, for example, you’ll face frequent technical hurdles – requiring a determined, positive and patient attitude. You’ll also need communication skills to translate technical terms to not-so-tech-savvy personnel.
Did you know… The majority of HR teams value soft skills close behind technical capability
If you’re looking to get into an IT role, soft skills such as organisation, commercial awareness, teamwork and problem solving are essential skills to exhibit. Each of them demonstrate that you can structure a project, scope out an activity, rise to a challenge, deal with a fast paced and pressurised situations and motivate the people around you by leading by example – all attributes no employer would pass over.