Not to put too much pressure on the IT guy you’re trying to hire, but here are 10 MORE things your IT guy needs to know how to do.
You can check out the first 10 here.
Ready to hire right? Check out our list after the jump…
1. Back Up
If this person doesn’t know how to back up files (and test the back ups) then this person doesn’t deserve to be be paid staff. Losing your data is heart breaking (and for those who have, you know what I’m talking about).
Documenting the IT environment, the processes, and what has happened with “whatever” is happening back there is critical. This person needs to know how to do it and do it well enough so that if he finds himself talking to St. Peter at the Pearly Gates then someone can pick up the slack for him without problem.
3. Overtime and On-Call
Working in IT is synonymous with overtime and working at night. This person, if they haven’t understood this principle by now, needs to be aware that being on-call sometimes requires doing stuff at strange hours of the day (and by that I mean ‘night’).
It’s tough to be in IT, but that’s their burden to bear!
4. Cabling with Style
Running cables seems obvious but it’s really an art form. Labeling them right, color-coding them, and more is serious business. Long term it’s invaluable for fixing problems.
They don’t have to be geniuses knowing everything there is to know about kilowatts and more but they do need to know the basics of electricity and management, especially heating and cooling.
6. People Management
IT needs to know how to manage people, and not just in a “managerial” type position but managing relationships well. Not a “people” person? Good luck with that.
7. Project Management
This person needs some basic project management skills or they’re going to drown themselves in chaos.
8. Fiscally Responsible
This person needs to know how to manage a budget and know when to save and when to spend. He/She also needs a backbone enough to ask for more money when necessary. Things like “Operating Costs” and “Capital Projects” should be understood by the person (and the differences between the two).
9. Willing to Learn the “Business”
There is more to an organization than just Information Technology. This person needs to be willing to engage with the rest of the “business” and not just hole-up in the basement. Their ability to provide the most effective solutions will require understanding of the rest of the organization.
But you knew that already.
This kind of goes without saying but your IT guy needs to be spiritually-minded, trusting God with all things including info-tech.
I thought I’d mention it anyway.