Look beyond the IT department to get ahead.
It is a fantastic time for the ambitious IT candidate to be looking to their future and developing their career. But with a change in perception of the value of IT departments, candidates need to ensure they are displaying the right skills to secure their next step. With a skills gap evident across the industry, candidates have increasing control as they have the skills organisations are desperate for and are willing to fight for. The focus on the internal IT infrastructure to deliver growth has never been more prevalent within traditionally non-technical organisations. Whilst this is good news for professionals, not only as it has resulted in salaries of up to 10% high than last year, but also puts IT in the spotlight for strategic leadership. However in return employers are demanding a holistic approach to IT that impacts the business in the right way.
IT professionals are being increasingly relied upon to drive technological solutions throughout the business – IT has come out of the server room and well and truly in to the core of companies. IT experts are expected at boardroom level, developing ways to drive solutions throughout every arm of an organisation. As IT becomes the focus for profit building strategies, rather than an administrative department, the skills demanded of the IT professional are becoming more complex.
Bridging the gap between IT and Business Development
In order to achieve the necessary impact IT professionals need to understand their organisations businesses to ensure they are speaking the right language. The techies of yesterday are becoming the programme managers of tomorrow developing projects through-out the business that need the essential skills of change management. The softer side of business management is becoming entwined with the technical IT capabilities to drive a technically focused vision through an organisation and develop the competitive advantage that ensure long term survival.
Delivering strategic direction
The result of this attention on the technical means employers are looking for more from their recruitment process. Evidence of strategic thinking in technical roles, of impact analysis and holistic viewpoints are fast becoming capability benchmarks – beyond the almost expected technical knowledge. Job hunters need to show that are in procession of the skills to develop solutions, that they are able to operate in the spotlight of the organisation and lead advancements through the business in a constructive way that delivers results whilst maintain the business deliverables. With this in mind, IT professional may need to reconsider their CV focus to prove impact on organisations rather than technical ability.