If you were to take a look at a job description for a tech support agent, you’d find a list of standard responsibilities and skills, like testing, installing, maintaining networks and software systems, producing support documentation, maintaining inventory for computer systems, and so on.
But there is a lot more to being a successful support agent than just the standard skills that they ask for. You must have the right aptitude and attitude to succeed, and while it is possible for you to learn the appropriate skills, it isn’t possible for you to adopt the right attitude, these things have to be looked out for, by the employer.
Below is a list of things that employers look out for, when choosing the most suitable individual for that computer position!
Support tech agents usually work unsupervised for large amounts of time, so they will be required to make their own schedule. This employee needs to be flexible, this is because computer problems can occur at any time of the day, in the morning, in the middle of the night or at weekend. A support tech agent will typically work alone, working on various projects.
Thus, a tech agent will need to have the right self-discipline, so that he/she can best prioritise work, in order to meet deadlines, and stick to a job, until they have finished it. A self-disciplined IT technician is the kind of person that all companies wish to employ.
2. Excellent Analytical Skills
Without analytical skills, working in the computer industry, as a professional is next to impossible, this is because computing is all about solutions, and fresh ideas and creation. A person who wants to be successful in this line of work, always wants to be looking at new and inventive ways of tackling problems.
3. Good Communication Skills
Despite the fact that most computer based work is done alone, it’s not uncommon for specialists to have to interact and work together. For those individuals that know very little about technology, they can get rather confused when speaking to a professional who uses industry terms. This is why good communication is important, as you want to be able to explain it to them in a way that they can understand.
4. Attention to Detail
When it comes to successfully completing a project, attention to detail is an important factor of it. Although, resolving an issue to the satisfaction of the user is what’s considered necessary, there are those times when a little more may be required. For example, an IT professional may repair a problem, but still need to determine what caused it, then document it, then restore the system to its typical state. The longer it takes for the professional to carry out all these steps, the more problems that could arise. You need to pay close attention to the details, to help to ensure security, consistency and reliability in your working environment.
5. An Interest in Technology
Technology is forever evolving, so a tech support agent will need to keep up to speed, in order to ensure that he/she is able to resolve the latest problems, whether it’s with software or hardware. This is much easier to do, when the professional is passionate about technology, and always enthusiastic about learning. The best IT professionals are those that have a genuine interest in technology, and are always looking to learn something new, in order to expand their knowledge base. Someone that lives, sleeps and breathes this stuff is always most ideal.
6. Multitasking Skills
You won’t find a single computer professional that’s successful while spending all his/her time sitting in the same place. The best professionals are able to take on several responsibilities and all at the same time. This is why it’s important that a tech professional properly manages his or her time, in order to meet all prioritises and deadlines.
If you want to be successful in the computer industry field, then you definitely need to develop yourself outside of it. Most of the top specialists have a plethora of skills outside of computer technology, such as financial and business skills.
Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support site.