Information Technology Tip Thursday – 30 Skills every IT person should have

With the complexity of computer networks evolving so fast it’s every IT professionals job to also be on top of his skills. Nunchuck skills did not make the list.

1. Be able to fix basic PC issues.

2. Work the help desk.

3. Do public speaking.

4. Train someone.

5. Listen more than you speak.

6. Know basic networking.

7. Know basic system administration.

8. Know how to take a network trace.

9. Know the difference between latency and bandwidth.

10. Script.

11. Back up.

12. Test backups.

13. Document.

14. Read “The Cuckoo’s Egg.”

15. Work all night on a team project.

16. Run cable.

17. You should know some energy rules of thumb.

18. Manage at least one project.

19. Understand operating costs versus capital projects.

20. Learn the business processes.

21. Don’t be afraid to debate something you know is wrong.

22. If you have to go to your boss with a problem, make sure you have at least one solution.

23. There is no such thing as a dumb question, so ask it … once.

24. Even if it takes you twice as long to figure something out on your own versus asking someone else, take the time to do it yourself.

25. Learn how to speak without using acronyms.

26. IT managers: Listen to your people.

27. IT managers: If you know the answer, ask the right questions for someone else to get the solution; don’t just give the answer.

28. IT managers: The first time someone does something wrong, it’s not a mistake — it’s a learning experience.

29. IT managers: Always give people more work than you think they can handle.

30. IT managers: Square pegs go in square holes.

If you want more information on these 30 skills ckeck out the full article:

30 Information Technology Skills

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