Five Skills IT Managers Are Looking For in 2014

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In order to get the best contract IT positions available in today’s job market, it is important to cultivate the skills IT managers are looking for. Unfortunately, the software and hardware that you mastered just a few years ago may be obsolete or irrelevant today. This is the sort of IT expertise you need to stand out from other job applicants.

Software/Application Development

All businesses, regardless of their size or industry, are interested in developing their own software and applications. The IT professionals with this kind of expertise are hard to find, however. Contract IT employees with a demonstrable history in development will immediately rise to the top of applicant pools.

Help Desk/Technical Support Skills

Being a technical expert is one thing. Being a customer service expert is a different thing entirely. Companies consistently struggle to find contract IT employees with both the technical skills to diagnose a problem and the people skills to work well with other employees. Tech support may be nothing new, but it is a persistent staffing challenge for IT managers.

Cloud Computing

Business in 2014 happens online, and for the majority of companies, that means managing a wireless network. As the size of these networks grows more and more, devices and pieces of hardware are integrated into the networks. According to Forbes, businesses will spend more than $13 billion on cloud computing and hosting services this year, and the industry will reach $180 billion by the end of 2015. Contract IT professionals with networking and cloud computing experience are in high demand and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.

Mobile Application and Device Management

Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices are quickly becoming standard business tools. These technologies present lots of opportunities, but also put a new stress on existing IT infrastructures. In order to maximize the benefits and minimize the hassles, companies in 2014 will be looking for IT experts with experience managing mobile devices on an enterprise-wide level.

Project Management

Slowly but surely, the economy is recovering from the collapse of 2008. As companies realize new profits, take on new employees, and initiate new projects, they will need IT professionals with managerial experience. The most in-demand project managers balance IT experience with business acumen.

These are the five skills that are most likely to get you noticed by an IT manager with a vacant position to fill. There are other IT skills worth showing off, though. If you have experience or expertise in any of these areas, your skills are relevant.

  • Database Administration
  • Security Compliance/Governance
  • Business Intelligence/Analytics
  • Big Data Expertise

The coming year promises to be an active one for IT staffing. As companies start to grow, and technologies quickly change, the need for qualified contract IT employees is significant. To learn more about the most valuable IT skills in 2014 and translating those into contract IT employment, contact TekPartners today!

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