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What CIOs Really Want in Job Candidates

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2014-09-22
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    71% of CIOs surveyed prioritize skills and experience over a college degree.

IT professionals, we want to share some important information with you. Remember how hard you worked to get into a good college and earn your degree? Well, guess what? It may not help you land that perfect tech job. At least, that's the impression given by a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. The findings reveal that the vast majority of CIOs value skills and experience more than the college degree earned, and a notable share say they care very little about the name recognition of the university an applicant attended. "A quality education provides the foundation, but IT employers want to see evidence of practical application of that knowledge," says John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Job candidates with real-world IT experience can jump in and start contributing without a long ramp-up period, making them appealing to employers." To shed more insight on the topic, we're also including a list of best practices (also from Robert Half) for impressing a CIO during the recruitment process. More than 2,400 U.S. CIOs took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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