Want a more engaged and productive IT team that's prepared to overcome unexpected challenges? Focus on communication, collaboration, and adaptability skills
"Soft skills are critical to building a high-performing team that can meet challenges like the ones we all faced in 2020. As CIOs and hiring and managers increase their focus on non-technical skills for the post-pandemic work environment, investing in upskilling your existing workforce is a great way to ensure that your IT team has the communication, collaboration, and adaptability skills it needs for success..."
Data-center managers need to raise the profile of available job roles and rethink hiring tactics, say executives from Google Data Centers and Compass Datacenters
"As demand for data-center capacity has surged, owners and operators are struggling to keep pace on the employee side. Improved outreach, more creative approaches to recruitment, and better training and education opportunities are needed to ensure the data-centers can meet the "astronomical anticipated demand" for skilled people, said Rhonda Ascierto, vice president of research at Uptime Institute..."
Looking for a new IT job in 2021? Focus on developing your skills in cloud, security, and AI technologies
"Demand for experienced IT professionals will continue to be strong for the foreseeable future. But if you want an edge in today's competitive job market, sharpen your "CSI" skills: cloud, security, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.
More enterprises are hosting their systems and services on cloud platforms for the greater agility and economic advantages they offer, and this trend is expected to grow. For this reason, the ability to develop software that can be easily deployed to the cloud will become increasingly critical..."
Redefining our perception of learning for the future
"It's safe to say that 'the career for life' is over. People now hold an average of 15 jobs in their working lifetime. What's more, according to Deloitte the lifespan of a skill has decreased to just five years from 30 on average. Rapid technological advancements are increasingly impacting the traditionally steady trajectory of professional development, as businesses adopt new operational solutions which employees must master..."
The phenomenon of ending contact without explanation is on the rise, not just in the dating world, but throughout the enterprise, as job seekers and employers are now ghosting each other
"In the summer of 2015, it made its way into the public vernacular as a burn: Charlize Theron allegedly ended her relationship with Sean Penn by not replying to texts or calls, and the media had a field day with a previously little-used term coined by New York writer Hannah VanderPoel, the year before - ghosting.
Now, ghosting has been co-opted to aptly describe what employers and job-seekers have apparently been doing to each other and describes a rather alarming trend, revealed in a new Indeed report..."
Cybersecurity hiring is going through a weird phase
"The pandemic, the remote work movement, budget changes and the rising aggression and refinement of cyber attacks are all major shifts. Through it all, and into the future, is a persistent cybersecurity skills gap. There simply aren't enough experts in this field to go around. And while the shortage of these in-demand experts remains, the job description is changing, segmenting and expanding..."
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