List of Information Technology (IT) Skills

Information Technology (IT) for Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews

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Information technology is a growing field. Commonly referred to as IT, there are many job titles in the field. From programming and database creation to providing general technical support, there are roles for people with many areas of interest, and many levels of expertise.

The broad swath of jobs available means that employers look for different skills when hiring. Some may look for expertise in a specific language or program, while other might look for more general skills.

For example, the ability to communicate clearly, the ability to manage complicated projects with varying milestones and deadlines, and the ability to manage budgets and the needs of peers in other departments.

Following is a list of information technology skills for resumes, cover letters, job applications and interviews. Required skills will vary based on the job for which you're applying, so also review our lists of skills listed by job and type of skill.

Top Four Most Important Skills Employers Look for in IT Specialists

Coding
One of the basic skill sets an employer will look for in an IT professional is the ability to write code. If the job is programming, an employer may seek a candidate who can code in several different languages, as many systems are built using more than just one language. Writing code takes more than just proficiency with the coding language, it requires logical thinking, problem solving, integrating different technology, and having a broad understanding of information systems.

Even for jobs that are not specifically code-writing, an IT professional should have at least a working knowledge of the more basic coding languages like html and C++. An IT professional should also have an understanding of the process of code-writing, in order to see a software development project through, and to manage things like QA (quality assurance).

Communication
It’s a commonly held belief in the industry that IT professionals can exist comfortably as introverts, but this is a misnomer! Communication skills are paramount for anyone in IT, as information technology professionals are often required to work across many teams and groups. IT professionals often have to provide tech solutions for people who aren’t as savvy. They have to demonstrate leadership at all levels of projects, and with many different groups. They’re often called on to present ideas and reports in larger groups of people. Part of an IT professional’s job will be to build teams, and foster teamwork and collaboration among their peers.

Networks
Knowledge networking is something that will be required of most IT professionals, in companies both large and small. Knowledge sharing and knowledge networking is an extension of good communication skills, as it requires gathering groups of people in a working environment to share what they know, in order to build a system of knowledge within an organization that is more than the sum of its parts. Knowledge networks require individual IT professionals to be open with their knowledge, and to be open and curious about learning new things from their colleagues.

On the other side of “networks,” some IT jobs may include network architects, engineers, and systems administrators. Network administrators (or systems administrators) are responsible for day-to-day operations for a larger system.

Time Management
Many IT professionals will need to be self-directed and self-motivated, and a big part of self-directed work means an ability to manage time well. Technology work can often take longer than anticipated, as proven by how often timelines and milestones change over the course of a long project. An IT professional should be able to accurately assess how long a project should take, and then be able to stick to those timelines for the long haul. An IT professional should also be able to help an entire team manage their time, on a daily, weekly, monthly, and project basis.

The world has no shortage of need for information technology professionals. Almost every traditional analog or brick-and-mortar business now has a need for IT-focused employees, and that’s to say nothing of all the tech-based jobs around the world. IT jobs can be interesting, rewarding, and lucrative, so if you possess some of the skills mentioned here, a career in IT could be right for you.

Information Technology (IT) Skills List

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H – M

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How to Use Skill Lists to Help Your Job Application 

This A to Z list can assist you in your application process in a few different ways: 

Identify which skills you have: Sometimes, candidates take their skills and abilities for granted. When you have been doing a task or have had a certain bit of knowledge for awhile, it can seem unexciting. For an employer, though, your personal mix of skills — including the ones you take for granted — could make you the perfect candidate. That is, if an employer is looking to upgrade documentation, then of two candidates with the necessary coding experience, the candidate who also mentions technical writing abilities will stand out and have an edge. Go through this list and identify all the skills you have. 

Identify which skills employers need: As you review the list above, what might stand out most is skills you need to get a job, and do not currently have. If there is a skill on this list that you often see mentioned in job postings, consider taking a class or finding a way to gain experience in the area. 

Emphasize skills in your application: Your cover letter and resume are a place to showcase your skills. (Here's information on what to include in a resume skills section.) As well, you'll also want to highlight your skills during interviews. Keep these skills in mind when you are reviewing job advertisements — think about how the position's requirements match up to these skills. 

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