10 Skills to Look For When Hiring Tech Talent (Hard & Soft Skills)

Searching to find the best candidate can sometimes be a difficult and tedious process. There are many aspects to consider, and ultimately, you just want to hire an individual who can adapt well and fit into your company culture. Any employer wants to find individuals who not only have the necessary hard skills for the job, but at the same time embody the soft skills which are just as important to have.

Listed below are the top 10 Skills to look for when hiring tech talent. 5 of which are Hard Skills, followed by the other 5 Soft Skills.

Hard Skills

  1. Database Administration

The challenges and opportunities of big data are making database administration more crucial than ever. Interest in big data have significantly increased throughout the years, since through it, companies can learn more about their customers. Every company should want to be aware of all that is stored in their internal systems and ultimately collect data from sources. These sources can be from but not limited to the Web, social media sites and third parties. Hence, it is advisable to focus on individuals that are able to construct a logical data map of the company’s systems and collect relevant data, and then report to their management team.

  1. Help Desk and Technical Support

There needs to be technical professionals that are able to aid and support non-technical users. Especially when gaining more clients, there will be subsequently more demands, so it is vital to adhere to their needs. A candidate who Blog Image 3is able to communicate clearly and efficiently with customers is tech talent you need to look for. A big role of this skill is to ensure that no clients are left without answers or explanations if they have any questions or concerns with the products or services provided by your company.

  1. Mobile Application Development

In today’s time, mobile devices have become a massive part of the consumer and corporate worlds.  Giving portability to technology is not just an opportunity, but it is imperative to keep up with current trends. The development of mobile applications continues to be a huge advantage in many business companies. A candidate that possess this skill is beneficial to your company with their ability to create mobile applications that can enhance and help boost your company’s status.

  1. Programming and Application Development

Tech talents with software-developingBlog Image 5 skills are extremely fundamental to any company. Software developers and programmers are deemed to be a difficult position to fill. This is why you want to look for candidates who are capable of delivering customized solutions, which is an asset to have in your organization. In recent studies, there aren’t many students who are pursuing information technology. Utilizing a recruitment agency or having a strong recruiter in your company can help to fill this position efficiently.

  1. Networking

Creating effective links between systems is a fundamental skill for today’s IT professionals. Networking is about making connections and building enduring, mutually beneficial relationships. Thus, look for candidates who have experience and the enthusiasm to partake in networking. From using social media sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter, to attending conferences that can advertise your company’s brand to its full potential.

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Soft Skills

  1. Adaptability

Organizations in the IT industry are constant changing, growing and evolving in order to keep up with changing market demands. This is why talent that’s adaptable is a valuable asset to your company. “If you’re not finding the right people who have learning agility, who can listen to feedback and evolve, you’re not going to do well as a company. You are looking for someone with a ‘change orientation,’ who can obviously take on new skills and challenges and thrive”, says Jennifer Shappley, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition.

  1. Potential for Growth

It is important to recognize that many IT companies and start-ups are rapidly growing, which means that it is essential to look for talent that will not only fill today’s roles, but advance and develop with the company. “Can they grow with us? Are they able to take on different roles and succeed?” are questions to consider when looking for talent.

  1. Culture Fit

Although there isn’t a definite definition, cuBlog Image 2lture fit continues to be an important aspect to look into about a candidate. Ask questions like “Do candidates share your values? Do they have a variety of skills they’d need to succeed?” (Shappley, May 2016). Applicants who have similar values as your company are the ones you want to hire.

  1. Leadership

Even though this is a broad term, searching for a candidate who is an independent thinker, has a strong voice and a willingness to speak up are necessary to consider. At the same time, you want to look for candidates who are engaged in their company and community, those who are willing to give back without hesitation.

  1. Collaboration

Another key skill to consider is the ability to collaborate with others from different aspects of the company. Candidates who have worked in a matrixed environment, where they have experience working with teams cross-functionally is proven that they will be successful.  This shows that they are flexible, work well with others and are able to communicate effectively with multiple people.

Sources:
http://www.itnews.com/article/3184920/hiring/6-soft-skills-employers-should-be-looking-for-in-tech-talent.html?platform=hootsuite
http://culturefit.com/chicago-top-skills-tech-talent/
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http://www.infoworld.com/article/3166032/it-careers/the-value-of-soft-skills-in-a-high-tech-world.html
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Smartphones: Yesterday, Today and the Future

It is no secret the future we thought we’d only see in movies is a reality today. Looking at the cell phone we went from physically big to small, to big again, but equipped with amazing features and endless apps to equip and personalize it to you. Once upon a time, a phone was simply used to send and receive calls. Today, we can e-mail, browse the web, banking, and so on.

Let’s commemorate by looking at the typical cell phone 20 years ago.

Yesterday: 1996

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When the Motorola StarTAC came out, it was revolutionary as the first flip phone. External antennas got shorter and if you owned this phone, you were lucky to have such a slim phone.

Yesterday: 2006

 

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10 years doesn’t seem so far away, but having a look at our phones may make us feel old. Kids today will never realize the struggle of texting with T9, what a luxury it was to have data and internet on our phones. Watching videos have never been so hard on our eyes. These phones took a more personalized approach to cater to the end user.

Today: 2016

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You might be living under a rock if you don’t own a smartphone today…or we’ll say you’re old fashioned 🙂 Today’s smartphone is your mp3 player, camera, camcorder, alarm clock, personal trainer, newspaper…you name it! We’ve gone buttonless touchscreen technology and even cooler features like fingerprint recognition to get into that movie sci-fi vibe.

The Smartphone of Tomorrow?

What would we like to see in our smartphones of the future?

Flexibility

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Flexible display screens are already becoming a thing. The technology used in flexible smartphones is known as OLED or Organic Light-Emitting Diode. Here are some of the benefits:

1. Better Durability – 
Since flexible displays employ OLEDs made out of plastic, they provide more durability as compared to traditional glass displays. In other words, this reduces the chances of your smartphone display being smashed to smithereens when you drop it.

2. Lighter Weight – Did you know that plastic is lighter than glass? The atomic composition of plastic makes it relatively lighter in mass than glass of equal size. Plastic OLEDs can make the devices lighter.

3. Thinner Dimensions – Flexible displays can allow smartphone devices to be manufactured with thinner dimensions and in shapes different than the conventional rectangular screen.

Holographic

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Holographics would make an interesting use of our phones. Being able to see things in 3D light projection could take mobile games to newer heights. In the picture above, Holoflex claims to be the first smartphone to combine flexibility with holography.

Transparency

Let’s face it, it just look really cool. Imagine the capabilities with 360 degree camera. Makes taking that selfie a little easier.

This ends our trip down memory lane. What future trends would you like to see in your smartphone?

Sources:
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/flexible-smartphones/
http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/5/11604680/holoflex-flexible-holographic-smartphone