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LinkedIn currently lists over 4000 jobs related to the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is built on many of the technologies that professionals are already familiar with including Internet Protocol (IP) experts, hardware engineers, and even GUI designers. This is an opportunity for many professionals to transition to new roles and projects directly related to IoT.  

Here are eight articles from long-time IoT Central contributor Bill McCabe that will help you find, recruit and advance your organization and careers in IoT.

How to Nail your Internet of Things Interview

5 questions You Should Ask Your IOT Candidates Before Hiring Them

IOT Job Market/ Who is getting hired and Why?

The CIOTO is Your Next Must-Hire Role

The 5 Point Plan for IOT Recruitment

The Great IOT Recruiting Rush

Top Three Skills for Data Security Pros

Internet of Things: Job Killer or Job Creator?

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The 5 Point Plan for IOT Recruitment

In The Great IOT Recruiting Rush, I introduced the industries that are heating up and the single main skill for the successful IOT practitioner. Here, I give you a targeted checklist for IOT recruiting.

Earlier this month, I published a post about which industries were heating up in IOT recruiting. Obvious players like IBM and Cisco topped the list, of course, but, increasingly, non-technology companies are joining the IOT hiring frenzy.

With all of this going on, it’s quite challenging to nail down the skills that a top IOT recruit will need. Of course, many of these are industry-specific or specifically outward facing (customer experience and wearables) or inward facing (M2M connectivity that extends out to others in the supply chain but stops at the customer service portal). As I place people in this brave new world, I have identified several key traits that they must possess. I’ve come up with a five-point plan so that you can not only use these traits to make your next hire—but to make the next hire that fits with your culture and IOT strategy.

1) Business-Centric

You’ve heard that every business is a digital business, right? Well every IOT person is a business-person first and foremost as a result. Make sure your recruits can interact with business partners effectively (ask what projects they’ve worked on and about the length and depth of their interaction with its executive sponsor) and the business problems that they have solved with their IT prowess.

2) Cloud-Creator

Even if the candidate has only worked on so-called terrestrial IT projects, take the time to understand how deep her understanding is of cloud-based technologies in her industry. If you’ve got an entry-level IOT person, they may not have much experience in the IOT—but they should be able to converse intelligently about Cloud-based systems and the business opportunities they hold.

Your senior people will probably have a wider view, with an awareness (if not a command) of what’s going on in the Industrial Internet and the customer-facing nodes on the IOT. At the end of the day, creating cloud-based business solutions with links to machines, systems or objects is what it’s all about.

3) Security-Minded

One of the biggest issues is the security threats inherent in the IOT. Your junior-to-senior level people must have a firm grasp of data security in their industry—and must be actively involved in following the ways that the IOT community is battling them.

4) Emotionally-Intelligent

Here’s one I get all of the time—“people who are great at leading IOT strategy aren’t necessarily the most personable of people.” That’s simply not true. The IOT consultants and professionals I work with are aware that they are part of a business ecosystem—and that their success boils down to not only survival of the fittest but the survival of the most collaborative, the most innovative, the most respectful of what others in the organization bring to the table. Listen, your IOT projects might be the priciest items on your CEO’s docket this quarter. And where there is much opportunity, a ton of budget and a lot at stake (market differentiation anyone?) there are going to be some interpersonal challenges to overcome. Find out if your prospective recruit can tell you about a “people-problem” he solved or ask about “a time when you had to play politics at work.” This is code for a time when they had to use EI skills to get something done.

5) Incisive-Innovator

I am tired of the cliché about the unbalanced, uber-creative innovator (you know, the nutty professor type) not being able to buckle down and get things done. Your IOT recruits should have big ideas but the ability to place their attention on the minutiae of a key IOT project. These skills are not mutually exclusive in the best candidates I’ve seen. In fact, the innovators are often the best at making sure they have team members who love to juggle the details—and know when to escalate a problem to the appropriate person. Ask if your candidate has had the opportunity to bring an idea to the project phase and how it went. Also ask about what he thinks the “next great IOT frontier” might be. If he is not thinking about this, he’s not energized by his own industry. And those are the people who can drive IOT change for you.

If you want help finding the people who encapsulate the skills (dare we say gifts) that will supercharge your IOT strategy, Click here to schedule a call.

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The Great IOT Recruiting Rush

The Great IOT Recruiting Rush: The Number One Skill

If you are ramping up to hire people to work on the IOT you need to find this one key skill

You probably realize by now that IOT Recruiting is exploding --- with many IT professionals with business experience in hot industries like healthcare, telecom and wearables looking to make the switch from systems software and other terrestrial IT-based positions to M2M or IOT strategy, leadership and sales. I’ve been recruiting for senior IT consultants for over 20 years—and I’ve never seen anything like it.

In a recent Forbes article, Louis Columbus does a great job encapsulating the opportunity. Consider these stats:

  • Fastest growing Internet of Things (IoT) job positions include systems software developers (215% growth in the past year), information security analysts (113% growth), and computer systems engineers (110% growth).
  • General Electric has advertised 2,104 jobs looking for skills needed to support their Industrial Internet initiative in the last two years.
  • Hiring demand for commercial and industrial designers with IoT skills has risen by 322% since 2014
  • Employer demand for product engineers with skills related to the Internet of Things has increased by nearly 275% since 2014.
  • And from an Ashely Zito Rowe blog: “GE’s Industrial Internet Insights Report predicts that the “Internet of Things” will add $10 to $15 trillion to global GDP in the next 20 years, and employer competition for skills in this space is on the rise as a result.”

 IOT hiring is obviously heating up. I recently published an update about IBM and its IOT center in Germany. The other hot IOT companies that Columbus cites are Microsoft, Oracle, Honeywell and Cisco. What’s more, non-technology companies are joining the fray, as well. So what kinds of skills should our newest IOT leaders have on their resume?

 As I outlined in articles about IT analysts vs. IT communicators the skill sets for these professionals continues to grow. Consider this recent topic from the IOT slam conference:

 “Platforming IoT: What makes an IoT Platform Transformative. This session will explore key capabilities, features and technologies that are moving IoT Platforms from infrastructure enablers (italics mine) to business imperatives.”

 “From interoperability to security to future capability, platform decisions can make or break an IoT investment. Given the criticality of digital transformation across industries, this panel of IoT heavyweights will shine some light on what defines a transformative IoT platform,” said panel moderator and M2Mi COO, Dr. Sarah Cooper, Internet of Things Community Vice-Chairwoman.

 Notice the phrase, “from infrastructure enablers to business imperatives.” I think that says it all. Where an IOT recruit might have loads of experience in infrastructure, architecture and even data security, those who are not adept at enabling their business partners to take advantage of the business opportunities of the IOT just don’t have the perspective to lead IOT strategy.

 I keep hammering home that point because I am primarily in the business of helping people succeed. To succeed in the IOT, you can’t just be a data guy—you’ve got to be a customer-centric business enabler.

 In an earlier article, I outlined the kinds of skills I would like to see in an IOT leader. In Part Two of this article, I will share a five-point checklist for companies who need to recruit for the IOT—and candidates should listen up, as well. This checklist will help you arrange your resume, prepare for interviews and gather the stats from your stellar projects that prove you’re not only an IOT find—but an IOT star.

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