While your technical skills will get you a job interview, your soft skills can help you land the job and also work harmoniously with clients. Here is a look at some of the must-have soft skills you need to hone.
• Listening actively: Listening carefully and patiently will stand you in good stead when collecting business requirements, gathering information to create status reports and providing internal service to clients.
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With the current problems in the economy, many companies are unwilling to commit to long-term projects. At a time like this, they are more likely to offer short-term projects to consultants. You can find lucrative short-term IT consulting projects if you employ the right strategies.
One of the best places to look for such projects is online. The internet offers a host of options through which you can land the projects you want, without going through agents.
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People often forget the importance of documenting project objectives in a rush to get things started. As an IT consultant your job is to fully understand the business situation and reach consensus on exactly what the project is expected to deliver. This can be achieved only when there is complete clarity on project objectives.
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Good client presentation can easily turn someone or a panel in your favor and a bad presentation can have a very negative impact on the audience. Here are a few tips that you should keep in mind while making a presentation.
• It is very important for the presenter to stand on the left hand side of the screen. When the audience reads the slides, they will read from left to right and then will come back to the left – that is to you.
• The slides should not be the only aspect of your entire presentation. Slides only assist you in making your point. Make sure that only the gist and certain important points are mentioned in the slides which you should elaborate upon in the presentation. Also, never read directly from the slides. The first thing an audience does is to read the content on the slide. Reading it again to them will not help you at all.
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