The field of Information Technology has been a hot place for jobs and much coveted by a lot of young people! The world of technology is fast changing and advances way faster than people are able to keep up with it – be it job descriptions, titles or expectations. Regardless of all these changes – there are some constant skill sets employers constantly look for when they look through resumes. But it can be tough to figure what specific technology skills they are seeking out for.
The indications for this article were got from a labor market analytics company called the Burning Glass. After closely analyzing over 13,000 job postings for roles that look for candidates with IT degree that describe employer skills that their new hires possessed.
What’s really helpful here is that the analysis breaks down IT skills that are in great demand by both baseline skills or the ‘soft skills’ that is applicable across job titles and specialized skills that are technical in nature. Here is a list of the most in demand technical skills which will give you direction early in your university life to help you prepare for an IT job:
- System and network configuration
- Business Process
- Technical support
- Software Installation
Below are top ten baseline skills employers look for in potential candidates:
- Communication skills
- Problem solving skills
- Project Management skills
- Organizational skills
- Writing skills
- Microsoft Windows
- Customer Service
Now that you know what the most desirable skills in a candidate are, you must now know how to use this knowledge to your advantage. Here are five tips:
- Work on your education to develop your skill set. Based on which IT field you would like to pursue, look for a quality course that gives you hands-on experience, industry experts for mentors and allows you to work on real life projects to give you industry-like experience. The course must meet your needs and fit your schedule so you don’t disturb your regular college program. Doing a vocational course can help develop confidence to help you get the job you want
- The skills mentioned above can help you craft your resume and guide you on what to highlight in interviews. With the help of this information, one can play up their strengths, and play around to match your skills to what the company needs which will give you an edge over other candidates.
- Find yourself a mentor: Look for someone who has had enough work experience in the field working on projects with big corporates. Their experience will certainly be a wealth of knowledge that you can pinch from time to time. Doing a course under them would be a great arrangement if you can find one. At IIHT, all our courses are taught by industry experts who have good experience in their respective fields. This way our students get the much needed industry association
- Take up atleast one more responsibility at work: When you volunteer to take up extra projects at your present job, you actually give yourself an opportunity to grow your management and technical skills. This surely also adds to advancing your “soft skills”.
- Research well: The list here is certainly a preliminary one that is great to begin with but the more you know about the IT career that you want to pursue, and which company you would like to join, the better prepared you will learn to become.
The job roles in the technical field can be drastically different but can require knowledge in the same technology. This is why generic terms like knowing Java are used in job descriptions. But having an industry expert for a mentor will give you perspective on everything you learn. IIHT’s trainers do exactly that which is why over 10 lakh students have been successfully placed. For more details on our job ready courses, go to https://www.iiht.com/live-interactive-e-learning/