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Tech geek or people person?

Technology keeps advancing at a fast pace and developers struggle to keep up. As a result, there is a shortage of skilled IT workers at many major tech companies. This article identifies what makes a top-notch IT project manager and explores whether it is best to recruit an IT project manager with outstanding technical skills or one with dazzling interpersonal powers. IT project managers must be skilled in business imperatives such as meeting tight deadlines and allocating resources; however, it is just as important to have a technical background. Many times, it comes down to who's hiring. Line managers tend be more interested in a person's previous achievements, what their track record looks like, and where they've been able to demonstrate leadership and past success on projects. HR departments tend to be more inclined to look for IT skills that are easier to spot on résumés. This article includes a tip for IT project managers to make themselves more marketable.
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