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Top 10 skills to have

By shirtbird ·
I know has a skills index, but the latest one I could find was from 2002. What are your top 10 IT must have skills (or 1, 5, 8, 30, whatever, I don't care) - Certs? Languages? Skills? VPNs, Cisco, MCSE, Oracle, C++? For someone hiring an IT/IS/CIO manager, what hard skills do you look for? As a developer, what do you see in demand? Feel free to say generally or for specific positions. With all the different tracks people can go (tech fads? I'm sure they exist). I'm interested to see what people think of as the "must" skills to have - I want to see through all the hype.

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My Top 10

by jmgarvin In reply to Top 10 skills to have

1) Cisco
2) Linux
3) C#
4) C
5) Perl
6) Microsoft AD
7) Network security
9) Snort (specific subset of 7)
10) Communication

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Will the reall top ten skills please stand up!

by kslowinski In reply to My Top 10

1. Communication Skills
2. Patience
3. Good Grasp of Business Functions
4. Organisation
5. Understand how to decifer/read code
6. Have general grasp of Microsoft suite of products
7. Ability to learn from others
8. Ability to take critism
9. Networking Knowledge
10. Ability to work with others

These are all non specific things that should stay with you forever. SQL, well that may fade away, C C gone in a decade. Its the soft skill that count, that make you an ideal and attractive canidate/employee.


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Communications is very important. I would ammend the list this way

by JohnGPMP In reply to Will the reall top ten sk ...

Communications is critical part for any techie. Many years ago you could get a way with ?hiding behind a computer?, but those years are long gone. My top 10 would be:

1. Can speak clearly to all stakeholders (management, client?s management, client?s users, sponsor, etc.)
2. Can write clearly to all stakeholders
3. Good grasp of Business Functions
4. Organization (get tasks done on budget and on time)
5. Understand how to decipher/read code and uses good coding techniques when they are coding.
6. Have general grasp of Microsoft suite of products or any other productivity software.
7. Strives to keep his/her knowledge up-to-date (always learning)
8. Ability to take criticism and to learn from others
9. Networking Knowledge
10. Ability to work with others and can be independent.

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Testing the skills you've listed

by cfwags1 In reply to Will the reall top ten sk ...

Lets see if you can apply number 8 on your list. You list Communications Skills as 1, and may have good verbal skills, but your written (spelling) could use some work (see 4 & 5).

4 OrganiZation is important, but to high on your list.
5 Never had a need to deciPHer code as an IT. A very basic understanding has been sufficient.
3 On a positive note, I'm happy to see you mentioning Business Functions high on your list.
6 Microsoft sucks.

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by cbacho In reply to Will the reall top ten sk ...

I must agree with the "soft" skills being most important. I just landed a new position with a global company and while I have been in the field for nearly 7 years I have no certifications and barely have a working knowledge of code. But my communication skills, enthusiasim for what I do, raw technical skill and ability to work as part of a team of work or independently were merit enough to allow me this new opportunity. For all of the wonderful things we techie people know, the ability to communicate effectively seems NOT to be one of these things. But that is just my 2 cents for what it is worth.

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Business is Business

by g.luis In reply to True...

I once was like your friend, took advantage of everything and acting like a kid. But if he wants experience, then now's the chance to wake him up. The first lesson would be business ethics, you don't go ditching work to go to an interview, and if you do, you take the day off, and you don't let anyone know. Business is business and it should not interfere with your friendship. However, you should be a friend and educate him/her on how to conduct oneself in the presence of others. Others should not know that he?s going to interviews during work hours, others should not know he?s pricing around for a better job, and pay should never be a topic between friends who work together. The fact that he?s not happy and voices it due to pay concerns would be a problem in any company. You mentioned that he?s a bit green, now?s the time to straighten him up. It?s business, you need to tell him how to conduct himself to others as a professional. Right now he probably thinks he can do whatever because of his friendship to you, and not knowingly (giving benefit of the doubt) making you look bad. Time for a reality check, and fire him. I was once in that situation and I took advantage of the situation and basically had my way, not knowing any better. My boss (friend) fired me stating why and that was it. After the wakeup, I conducted myself to business only and was hired back after learning my lesson. I have since moved on, and understand that the reason you don?t mix business with pleasure or friends is that it doesn?t work. Business is business and that?s all it should be.

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Communication skills don't get you in the door

by fletchem In reply to Will the reall top ten sk ...

While I agree that effective communication skills, an ability to understand business needs and priorities and all the other 'soft skills' are important in delivering value that your client/employer appreciates and understands, they do not stand out in a resume and do not get that first face to face or even phone interview. If you are looking for marketable skills that transfer well from one assignment or job to the next then education, certifications, and specific technology/product knowledge and demonstrable hands-on experience are still the ready yard stick most potential employers prefer to rely on to do their first level screening or short listing.

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by tim.miller In reply to Communication skills don' ...

You have hit the nail on the head. All the Soft Skills are important, that?s what makes a well rounded employee. We all know however that hr and recruiters use buzz words and specifics when scanning resumes. If you put your resume on one of the many job boards out there and listed your communication and not your skills, do you really think you would get the job?

I would like to see a list like this that is realistic to what IT employers are looking for. I have worked for large and small companies. I have noticed that the larger the company the less experience you get with multiple technologies. Where as the smaller companies or contracting gigs you have to know and do more. I have noticed this trend in medium to bigger business cropping up as well. Where they want Super IT man instead of Joe everybody IT man.

What do they really NEED? When it all comes down to it, it?s more bang for the buck. So if you want Super IT man then why would you go after good soft skills boy?

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A pox on soft skills

by Too Old For IT In reply to Will the reall top ten sk ...

When you really want the job done right and done now, do you go to the guy with the pocket protector or the guy who would be equally at home selling life insurance?

I think there is far too much emphasis on soft skills, owing to the fact that business has never figured out how to reward long-term techies other than force them into the business side.

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We're both old

by X-MarCap In reply to A pox on soft skills

With soft skill or a skirt, you end up as a Manager anyway...

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