Tech Staff Don't Need Tech Skills

Or so says a recent study by the Society for Information Management. They asked CIOS to list the skills they value most among entry-level and mid-level hires. Ethics and morals topped the list, while technical skills like application development and project management barely made number 10.

In a way, this doesn’t surprise me. While it may be cliche, the advice I always give my clients is to hire for attitude and train for skill. And let’s face it, morals and ethics are part of a person’s attitude and not something you can train for.

While you probably don’t want to hire someone with NO technical skills for a tech job, you may be surprised to learn that a large number of “tech” directors that I know originally had no technical background (i.e., no formal IT training). They simply “fell into” the IT job at some point, and have been self-taught since.

Why have they been successful? Because they had the right attitude, and were able to train themselves for the skills. Funny how that works.

About Wes Trochlil

For a quarter century, Wes has worked in and with dozens of associations and membership organizations throughout the US, ranging in size from zero staff (all-volunteer) to over 700. In that time Wes has provided a range of consulting services, from general consulting on data management issues to full-scale, association-wide selection and implementation of association management systems.

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