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By Catherine Conlan
Monster Contributing Writer
Information technology is a
quickly growing field and opportunities abound. If you’re planning to switch to
a career working in IT, it’s important you know what employers are looking for.
Here are three key qualities you’ll want to cultivate and demonstrate to
leaders want to see evidence that new hires are passionate about technology,
says Shon Burton, longtime tech recruiter and founder of HiringSolved. “This seems obvious, but it's become less common now
that it’s a big money maker,” he says.
has become a staple vocation, Burton explained, comparing the career choice to
that of doctor or lawyer. “For your company, you want the person who can't get
enough, the person who's up late at night reading about tech not because they
have to, because they want to.”
Dan Brodie, vice president of technology
for BuildDirect, agreed. “Working
in software development isn't a job, it's an art and part of what I look for in
employees are those that love to create something out of nothing for the pure
beauty and joy of it,” he says. Brodie wants people who “have a passion for
learning and sharing their knowledge.” These people “make the best teammates
because they embrace working with other brilliant minds and have an inherent
hunger to change the world — always driving new ways of thinking. That's a
requirement for top talent in this industry.”
company wants their employees to be engaged, but this is especially true when
you’ll spend long hours in your cubicle staring at screens. You need to love
it. You’ll need the passion to break barriers, to learn and grow.
communication skills will set an IT professional apart from the crowd, says
Deborah Sweeney, CEO of SaaS company MyCorporation.com. “We look for IT professionals who are communicators,”
she says. “Historically, IT professionals just focus on programming, but those
who can communicate successfully are likely to be most beneficial to an
organization that needs good inter-team communication.”
stereotypical computer nerd with no people skills won’t cut it anymore. Today’s
IT professionals need to excel in interpersonal interaction and presentations.
They need the soft skills to lead projects and motivate people.
Employers like to see two to five years
of relevant experience for IT hires, even at entry level, says Wade Brantley,
director of U.S. operations for SaM Solutions. “The good news is
that relevant experience is not limited to employment situations. It can also
be gained through alternative sources such as internships or freelancing.”
Dominique Jones, vice president of human
resources for Halogen Software, said they are
looking for IT professionals who are at the top of their game. “At Halogen
Software, we're looking for IT people with the right technical competencies,”
she says. “They must be the kind of people who keep abreast of new and emerging
technologies, and keep their fingers on the pulse of the latest theories in IT
and understand how they apply to the job.”
isn’t a field where you can fake it till you make it or rest on your old
skillset. Expect to be tested as part of the application process.
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