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 over 30 years, 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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