Finding the “Right Stuff”: Tech Skills to Look For in a New Hire

Making sure the new hire knows what she's doing

Just few weeks back, President Barack Obama introduced the American Jobs Act to help small businesses hire and grow. Do you think finding the right talent for your business is easy task? Are you looking for an employee that will bring you thousands of dollars within the first month on the job? Or you want a person with multiple talents who could help you to add many ‘zeros’ to your company’s annual income?

In the fast-paced technology world, a business’s requirements are changing and the technical skills needed for business are also changing rapidly. It is often difficult to know what to look for in new IT employees, or any employees. New applications and techniques are appearing all the time, so it is important to understand the basics tech skills that your new employees will need to be sure they are ready for the job.

Here is a list of some of the latest in-demand apps and technologies that your new employees should have some knowledge about in order for you to be sure that they are up to date with the latest trends and able to do something for your company:

1. Social Media: Social media is continuing to grow in importance and it is becoming an essential thing for every small business to have. Hiring a person with a good knowledge of social media for your IT can have many benefits as they can help you to integrate it into your system. You can also link your social media sites together, which is a great way to stay in touch with your customers.

2. Internet Skills: Having some basic knowledge of search engines and search engine optimization could also be beneficial to your business. Making sure that your website is set up correctly to be found in an online search engine could help you attract more customers for instance. Internet skills can also include Internet research, and how to properly cite information found online (especially if you’re hiring a blogger or content strategist.)

3. Cloud Computing: Cloud computing is still relatively new at the moment, but is destined to be big in the future because it’s a great way for businesses to cut costs. Hiring someone with some knowledge of cloud computing and how to implement it effectively will also be a great help especially if you are planning to use it for your business in the future. This is also helpful if you already use cloud-based services. For example, if your company uses Salesforce.com, you’d probably want to hire folks who are not only familiar with the cloud, but are familiar with Salesforce.com.

4. Project Management: Having the ability to plan and integrate projects efficiently can also be a great help. If your future employee has these skills you can be sure that everything you need to do will be implemented correctly. There are many apps that do this now, such as LiquidPlanner and BaseCamp, so knowing how to use those may be equally important.

5. Smart Phones/Apps: Smart phones are becoming more and more integrated into IT systems for emails and other apps. With the smart phone use increasing and the capabilities evolving it can also be useful to utilize this today and in the future.

6. Security: Security is still a big issue today especially when it comes to IT systems. Having a potential candidate for the job with knowledge of security in IT infrastructure can be a great help. This can help you keep your system secure and your data protected and can also save you money. If it’s not for an IT position, than someone who is simply aware of the big security issues and good security practice would make a good candidate.

Many small business owners often do everything for themselves, especially when it comes to the IT department and it is often necessary to hire new staff. If your staff doesn’t have a lot of technical experience, you can give them time to learn. Before hiring a person, you should look whether the person has ability to ask the right questions, solve problems and learn new things.

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Mandira Srivastava

Mandira Srivastava is based in Bangalore, India. Equipped with mass communication degree, she started her career as editor-coordinator at Vadamalia media. She is a professional writer with over 4 years of experience and specializes in article writing, article rewriting and custom content development for websites & blogs.

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