An employee skills gap at many companies is opening the door for people with the proper IT training. Many employers feel that they need more highly trained workers, says talent engagement senior manager Lisa McCarthy in her article for VisionIT.
The CompTIA “State of the IT Skills Gap” study from last year showed that at a time when businesses are placing a greater emphasis on the importance of IT skills, only 7 percent of employers felt that their workers had the IT training needed to maximize performance and only about 56 percent are even approaching the level of IT skills they believe they need. About 80 percent of businesses surveyed said that the skills gap has a negative impact on at least one aspect of their operation, including productivity, security and customer service.
“The bottom line is IT workers and candidates who invest time and resources into keeping their skills up-to-date via training, contract assignments, and research/specialization in trending technologies will be in high demand and at the helm of a skyrocketing career,” McCarthy wrote. “Many IT workers, including one recently interviewed by CIO Magazine, have reaped the benefits of making periodic investments in their training and leveraging contract assignments to brand themselves as niche specialists in the latest technologies.”
Following new IT trends can be helpful for landing a job, but many positions are open for foundation skills such as IT support, storage, security, database management and network administration.
Security in particular is an area where workers with the right IT credentials can find employment opportunities, as the need has grown to an estimated 300,000 cybersecurity employees, according to TechTarget.
The shortages are caused by multiple factors. A lack of job candidates with the right level of training is made worse because employees who have the necessary skills are often too senior to qualify for entry-level positions. When this happens, vital positions remain unfilled.
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