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Hire or Train? Here’s How to Make the Best Choice

roundtableYou have a gap in your IT team, and you need to decide whether to hire a new employee in to fill that gap, or to train someone within your ranks already. This is a hard choice to make for any business, but in the IT world, it’s a particularly difficult decision. Fortunately, Rich Hein wrote this article about that very question, providing six things that IT managers should understand before making the decision:

1.    How much time do we have to fill the gap that’s been identified

2.    Is this a skills problem or a bandwidth problem?

3.    It is experience that’s needed or skills

4.    How large is the gap?

5.    Does the gap represent a short-term need or a long-term need?

6.    Is the gap valuable only in tandem with institutional knowledge?

Through answering these questions, an IT manager can make a smarter decision about who they should be looking at, potentially saving both time and effort in filling a gap and getting the team back to maximum potential.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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