A bad IT hire can have a crippling ripple effect on team productivity. Here, IT leaders share their IT hiring horror stories - and tips on how they could have been avoided
"Tech leaders who've been in business for a while will recognize this scenario: A new hire who looks great on paper (or LinkedIn) gets a desk, an ID card and an attitude. Your promising new IT staffer is turning into a bad hire horror story.
In fact, a survey by tech staffing firm Robert Half found that nearly all IT leaders - 95 percent - said they'd made a bad hire at one point. Nearly 40 percent described the bad fit as skills-related, with the new hire unable to do the job as expected..."
"Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't" - Richard Branson
"No matter what one's job may be, it requires them to be removed from their personal life for the majority of the waking workweek. The good news is, many companies are now understanding the importance of making this time as comfortable as possible for their employees.
After all, happy employees mean higher productivity, better engagement and reduced turnover.
Now, over here, we're not talking about the traditional benefits like health insurance and paid vacation..."
Engineers, developers, and IT managers might want to consider training on these skill sets to keep themselves invaluable to their organizations
"The ever-changing, enterprise IT landscape means there will always be a need to learn new technical disciplines or concepts. Getting trained in different programming languages may just be a starting point though. New combinations of responsibilities, processes, and duties are taking shape across technical and business disciplines, leading to the rise of DevOps, DevSecOps, and machine learning in digital transformation plans.
IT team members may already have certain foundational skills but navigating future frontiers will require them to try new paths..."
Job seekers have to walk a fine line between sharing and oversharing. Here's how to stay professional while letting your personality shine
"Just be yourself!"
"That's the text from a friend you read right before walking into a job interview. Or the closing advice from your recruiter before they send you into a networking event. This classic advice sounds easy and is intended to put job seekers at ease. But there's a little more nuance at play here.
For instance, how much personality do hiring managers want to see? Which topics should be considered off limits? Is there a magical ratio of professional background to personal information that showcases that you are not only the most qualified candidate, but also the best cultural match?..."
Employers can solve the skills gap by first recognizing that there isn't an archetypal "cybersecurity job" in the same way that there isn't an archetypal "automotive job." Here's how.
"It feels like every day, there's another article citing the "cybersecurity skills shortage" as an obstacle to filling needed security jobs for the next decade. I disagree. There isn't a significant skills gap. There is a market mismatch. Most employers aren't looking at the people who are actually available; they toss up their hands, credit the skills shortage, and move on. But what's really going on?
First off, the idea of cybersecurity skills is a pretty one-dimensional view of the landscape of what the modern worker needs to bring to the table. Sometimes, it evokes the image of a black-hoodied hacker who can break applications; or maybe the security operations center (SOC) analyst watching alerts from the application security tool that monitors that application..."
A career coach offers certified expertise in maximizing your potential, whether it's helping you land a promising new job, navigate a career change, or find fulfillment at work
"If you find yourself uninspired by your current job or you're having trouble standing out from the crowd in your job search, hiring a career coach to help you figure out what excites you and to get your resume in shape could be a smart move.
After all, if you took up golf or began studying a foreign language, you'd want a coach to guide you. Your career is no different: Everyone could use a pro to advise them as they gain the skills, knowledge and experience to move their career forward..."
There is exponential growth in the cloud computing industry, so it's no surprise that the demand for cloud computing intellect and skills is also increasing
"Trends in cloud jobs can be overall indicators into trends in the cloud computing space. With an ever-evolving and increasing use of cloud services, new and important changes are needed to the skillsets, roles, and responsibilities of cloud professionals. Here are some trends we're seeing.
There is exponential growth in the cloud computing industry, so it's no surprise that the demand for cloud computing intellect and skills is also increasing, with no slowing down in the foreseeable future. According to Gartner TalentNeuron, an online real-time labor market insight portal, 'there are about 50,248 cloud computing positions available in the U.S. from 3,701 employers, and 101,913 open positions worldwide...'
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