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Message Posted: Thu, 13 Jun 2002 @ 19:43:09 GMT

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Subj:   Re: What skills to look for
From:   Margaret Westlake

When I hired for any position, my criteria was always reasonably intelligent and good attitude. You can train the rest. The first part is needed because this can be pretty complex stuff. I'd put down the job responsibilities and then the job requirements were just high school diploma, team player, good communication skills, etc. I'd get a lot of resumes that were useless of course, but they are really quick to weed out and you avoid turning down someone who is missing just one or two skills, but is otherwise absolutely what you need.

Now, if you don't have staff on hand to train the folks then you'll need certain skills as well, but what you need varies based on what you already have.

Also, try very hard to have a team of people with very different strengths/weaknesses, skills, etc. You'll spend time helping them get along, but it keeps you from doing things just because you've always done them that way. Its much more useful when you need innovation.

Hope this helps, Margaret

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