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5 Skills IT Professionals Need to Land a Job

5 Skills IT Professionals Need to Land a Job
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Information technology is a rapidly growing and changing industry, and the qualifications for those who work in this field can change just as quickly. If you're looking for work in this field, it's in your best interest to stay up to date on the workforce trends.

"For IT candidates to stand out in a sea of emails and resumes, they should be aware of the latest technology trends," said Dino Grigorakakis, vice president of recruiting at Randstad Technologies, a technology talent and solutions provider. "Based on our experience with midmarket and large enterprises, the line between cybersecurity specialists and IT specialists is beginning to blur. The most attractive IT professionals are those who have at least some expertise in cybersecurity (and) . . . mobile development skills."

Based on its research, Randstad offered a closer look at essential skills and requirements IT professionals need to land tech jobs in today's market.

The distinction between cybersecurity professionals and IT specialists will become blurred, as all IT professionals will be expected to have some expertise in cybersecurity. This is to ensure that security is built into networks and other IT components rather than trying to add it on after implementation.

Mobile technology has become an integral part of most people's lives with the normalization of the smartphone. As a result, many businesses are looking to deploy mobile apps. For them to do this, skilled mobile developers will be necessary hires.

Companies want greater flexibility and efficiency from their workforce investments because of the agile, project-oriented nature of technology work, as well as to fill the technical talent shortage in the industry. Randstad expects temporary workers to make up as much as 50 percent of the workforce by 2019. It is important for IT professionals to consider making the transition from employee to freelancer or contractor to make the most of this opportunity.

Aided by big data and analytics, some companies will begin automating certain low-level IT functions in areas such as cybersecurity and network monitoring. This poses a threat to IT professionals’ jobs. To avoid this pitfall, IT professionals should focus on developing skills in higher-level analysis and decision-making in IT environments.

Emerging technologies such as virtual reality and the internet of things will mean more demand for workers with these specialties. By becoming familiar with these technologies, workers can make themselves much more attractive to companies.

Shimon Brathwaite

Shimon Brathwaite is an undergraduate co-op student from Ryerson University, graduating in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce. Shimon has worked in information technology and the water sports industry in between academic semesters. His hobbies include a wide variety of sports such as Soccer, Basketball, Muay Thai and keeping up with TV series like The 100 and Game of Thrones. Contact him at sbrathwaite@ryerson.ca and check out his website at cyberintel.ca.