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Hard to Fill IT Jobs

Tuesday, May 1, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: TechServe Alliance

Although recruitment of IT professionals is, and expected to remain, tough into the foreseeable future, some positions are even harder to fill than others. Problems often arise because the expectations and /or requirements are unrealistic or other challenges arise because few IT pros want specific types of IT jobs.

Recently TechRepublic, a publisher of technology, news and strategies for IT professionals, published a list of the hardest to fill positions and the reasons why these openings often are going unfilled.

Since a successful IT career is often paramount on staying on the cutting edge, legacy/maintenance programmers are hard to find because, as TechRepublic puts it, "these jobs … are the kiss of death for a career."

Other roles that can be hard to fill because they require diverse and conceivably divergent skill sets such as senior IT management / leadership jobs. Companies may be making a leap of faith if they bring in a good leader with the needed business skills but with weak technical knowledge. Conversely, it can be equally dicey with going with someone with the proper technical skills and hoping the required leadership and business skills can be developed. The need for divergent skill sets is also the reason there is a dearth of IT trainers, who need to be both IT savvy and expert trainers. The same goes for pre-sales engineers, who must be a salesperson with superior technical knowledge, or the other way around depending upon a company's focus.

Finding good people to provide help desk support, which also has a reputation for being high stress, can be a challenge because since many companies see help desks as cost centers and therefore do not have the budget to pay for a person that can do the job well.

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