3 killer cloud skills that will get you hired today

One of the most common questions that I’m asked is: “What cloud skills do I need that will get me hired quickly?”

First, keep in mind that this is an emerging area, so what employers are looking for is constantly shifting. Second, even if they do hire you for a specific skill, you’ll be asked to retrain and retool as the cloud technology matures.

Still, here are three skills that should get you hired right now:

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Businesses struggle to hire workers with cloud skills

Cloud services are becoming the cornerstone of an enterprise’s IT infrastructure. However, IT leaders are finding it difficult to not only plan for and implement cloud technology, but also to hire qualified candidates. And part of that struggle, according to a recent study from Softchoice of 250 line of business managers and 250 IT decision makers, is a lack of qualified candidates as well as a general misunderstanding of how to create a successful cloud strategy.

“There’s incredible opportunity for businesses if they move to the cloud, but with a lack of skilled resources they are not able to realize those benefits as quickly. At best, this impacts revenue and profit potential in isolation. At worst, competitiveness and market relevance suffer,” says Craig McQueen, director of Microsoft Practice at Softchoice.

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The cloud changes IT culture, demands new tech skills

As enterprises are moving to the cloud, it’s changing a whole lot more than just where companies’ data and services are sitting.

The emergence of the cloud is heralding a shift in the skills that IT workers need and the jobs they are doing. It’s changing the entire culture inside IT departments.

“The cloud is part of the evolution of IT,” said Mike Chapple, senior director for IT service delivery at the University of Notre Dame. “People can’t be living in one particular technical silo anymore.”

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