Digital operations have become more critical than ever, and last year’s COVID-19 showcased that while technology isn’t a panacea, it is a boon.

With many businesses across the world forced to shut down or opt-in for telecommuting, entrepreneurs and significant establishments worldwide understood what they needed to do.

Even right now, there is no question that while the world is recuperating, IT is the way to go ahead and grab hold of the future. We all have become increasingly dependent on technology. 

According to a recent study with Comptia, as of August 2020, global revenues for the worldwide information technology industry were $4.8 trillion. IDC projects that the technology industry is on pace to reach $5 trillion in 2021.

The United States is the largest tech market globally, representing 33% of the total, or approximately $1.6 trillion for 2021. However, despite the US market’s size, most technology spending, or 67% of it, occurs beyond its borders.   

In light of this information, let’s take a quick look at some pointers that can help you become a great candidate for an IT company. 

  • Attitude & Energy 

Your resiliency, perseverance, optimism, and confidence need to shine through. Companies are always on the lookout for talented individuals who are “go-getters.”

They want people who have what it takes to take the job and bring their best game to work. This includes ideas, career counseling,  innovation, a thirst for success, and a vision.

You don’t want to give them the impression that you are someone who would give up halfway. Instead, you want recruiters, your future managers, and the ultimate boss to understand that you are reliable and dependable.

  • Build Trust & Credibility

Look around you, and you will find tons of competition; however, instead of you reaching out, the opportunity itself should call out to you. This happens when you earn credibility in the eyes of others.

For that to happen, you need to have accomplishments supporting your claim that “I am a person you can trust.” Here are some things that can help you accomplish that:

  • If you make promises to others, then consistently deliver.
  • Know the right time to speak up and when to listen or stay silent.
  • Be a team player and let people know about and spread the word about how reliable you are. 
  • Communicate consciously, don’t take your words for granted, set the bar, and become the example.
  • Show people, your team, your immediate boss, managers, and head of departments your competency.
  • Select your office friends carefully. Being in a bad company can ruin your reputation, and that is going against your ambitions.
  • Crucial Skills (Hard & Soft)

Hard skills are those that are teachable and can be acquired. Plus, they can also be measured. For the IT industry right now, the most wanted skills include:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality
  • Blockchain technology
  • Cloud computing & networking
  • Cybersecurity
  • Content creator, curation, publishing, and distribution
  • Data science & analytics
  • Graphic designing 
  • Machine learning
  • Programming language
  • Search engine optimization, search engine marketing
  • Social media marketing 
  • Web development and design

While the ability to learn and acquire new skills will always top the list, soft skills, on the other hand, are those that make you agreeable and acceptable in the eyes of others. They not only help you to work with people but also through people as well. These include:

  • Adaptability
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Conflict management
  • Empathy
  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Teamwork
  • Willingness to learn

These are some of the essential features and skills an IT candidate should have to be an ideal candidate. We will be discussing some more points in the next part of this article.