To find jobs in IT or advance your career, it is better to know the expectations of employers. They are now looking for specialized and diversified skills, not limited to technical knowledge.
Maintain technical skills
As Technology is evolving rapidly, organizations need resources that will allow them to quickly follow this path. To work and flourish in IT, it is therefore essential to keep up-to-date technical skills.
Here is the list of the most requested technical skills by Canadian employers in 2019, according to human resources firm Randstad Canada:
- C# and .NET
- C and C++
- Agile methodology
This list is largely dominated by programming languages. Programmers and developers are leading the list of the most sought-after profiles, ahead of system administrators and IT project managers.
Demand for data analysts is also growing sharply. This category is already the fifth largest category of IT vacancies in Canada.
Why technical skills are not enough
Even for jobs in IT, of a technical nature, the work is never just purely technical. Every employee must interact with other people: a supervisor, colleagues, sometimes clients or suppliers. These interactions require so-called “human” skills. Without them, the most competent developer can hardly use all his technical skills.
For a long time, technology companies have placed less emphasis on these human skills. They care more about it today.
In any case, the growth of the jobs in IT no longer comes only from the IT industry.
As “TechnoCompétences” most recent sectoral diagnosis shows, the demand for IT professionals now comes mainly from non-technology companies that need to integrate technologies into their business. These non-tech organizations already employed 54% of IT professionals in Quebec in 2017.
Human skills are all the more important because in these companies, IT must interact with a wide variety of interlocutors, some of whom have no technical knowledge.
Develop and showcase your human skills
The “World Economic Forum” has compiled a list of human skills that will be most sought after by employers in 2020:
- Solving complex problems
- Emotional intelligence
- Time management
- Stress management
- Will to undertake
While an employer can still offer technical training to its employees, it is almost impossible for them to develop their human skills. Hence the importance for each individual:
- to self-diagnose, sometimes with the help of relatives, in order to identify the human skills in which he stands out;
- put into practice his strong skills at all times to maintain them, and devote efforts to developing his weak skills;
- showcase non-technical skills to potential employers.
How to maximize your chances to find jobs in IT
It is sometimes said that in the recruitment process:
- Technical skills are essential to attract the attention of recruiters and win a job interview;
- but the human skills are necessary then to succeed the interview and obtain the coveted position.
It is therefore normal for your resume and LinkedIn profile to focus first on your technical skills.
But do not forget to add experiences and achievements that reflect your other skills, such as:
- the training you have followed and your experiences in non-technical fields, especially if they have a social dimension (sales, communication, project management, social sciences, etc.);
- collaborative projects in which you participated;
- your involvement in social, cultural or sports activities, highlighting the interpersonal dimension of these activities.
Other candidates may have the same technical skills as you, but as an individual you are unique. Make sure you get it out to the employers you are courting right now.
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