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The differences between a Junior, Semi Senior and Senior professional. | LinkedIn

The differences between a Junior, Semi Senior and Senior professional. | LinkedIn

Published in June 11, 2014 by Dariem Carlos Macias Mora

During the last few weeks I have been "turning to the coconut" on the subject of how to differentiate a good professional from another, according to Your level of experience or seniority. And tell you I want, that is not a very simple topic. Even in the searches that I have done on the net, I have not found any answer that can qualify as excellent to this question. One of the conclusions that I have reached is that the differences between the different types or levels of "seniority" depends on the needs and culture of each organization or work team itself. The criteria that can be applied to differentiate a Junior professional from a Senior Senior or Senior may vary depending on each environment. Some companies or recruiters take as a differential criterion, the number of years of work experience of the professional, others are based on the degree of technical knowledge or the ability of the person to self-manage their work, either individually or as a team. What is no doubt is that it is an extremely sensitive topic. And moving it to the freelancing ecosystem, many clients usually consider professional experience criteria, to define the price they would be willing to pay for freelance professional services.

In this article, I want to share some of the criteria Which could be taken into account when defining the level of seniority of a professional. Each of these indicators and depending on your own assessment, needs and organizational structure, may have more or less importance.

If you are a customer and you are in search of freelance talent, I would say that you apply a weighting (Assign an importance value) to each of the indicators before applying them in your selective processes.

On the contrary, if you are an expert in selection and recruitment processes, or HR, I would ask you to collaborate in the debate, leaving your opinion or suggestions as an expert on the subject:

Years of work experience of the professional.

They do not count the practical work done during their stage as a student. Nor does it add if the person worked 2 years attending a travel agency or other tasks not related to his professional activity. • Junior: Less than 2 years of experience. • Semi Senior: From 2 to 6 years of experience. • Senior: More than 6 years of experience.

I am mainly referring to the tools, technologies and work methodologies that I need to use to complete my work. • Junior: To perform it usually requires accompaniment. He probably does not handle all the tools that are needed to accomplish the tasks. • Semi Senior: Technically self-sufficient. You can develop more complex functionalities and execute larger projects. But it's not a crack and it still makes "avoidable" mistakes. • Senior: It is a "technical benchmark" within the team. His knowledge allows him to work or collaborate on more challenging projects.

Related to the processes, techniques, methodologies or standards required to fulfill his fanea. • Junior: To perform it usually requires some level of support. He does not know all the processes, nor the standards that must be applied in the development of the project. He is not an expert in business matters. • Semi Senior: Manages "circuits" enough to perform independently. Respects standards and methodologies. He knows a good part of the business processes. • Senior: Helps define processes, methodologies and standards that will take place in the development of the project. And of course, meet them.

Attention you require from your client. • Junior: Requires daily monitoring at a detailed level. • Semi Senior: Requires weekly and general monitoring. • Senior: Proactively reports the status and progress of their tasks and / or project at work.

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Productivity, Quality and Efficiency Indicators.

performing. • Junior: Quality: Low / Medium - Productivity: Low / Medium - Innovation: Poor or Null • Semi Senior: Quality: Medium - Productivity: Medium - Innovation: Poor • Senior: Quality: High - Productivity: High - Innovation: / P>

Fulfillment of dates.

Fulfillment of scheduled delivery dates. It can be applied to the previous tasks of analysis of requirements or functionalities, developments, project documentation, reporting, etc. • Junior: Most of the time it does not meet your estimates. • Semi Senior: Sometimes meets, sometimes not. • Senior: Always meets. When a diversion arises (inevitably) it informs properly and in advance. Responses under Pressure. This point refers to extreme situations ... not a "marathon week" to meet the release date of the next release.

Junior: Any of the following things can happen: • It crashes. • Anguish. • Confused. • Stressed.

Your end result of your job in a stressful situation is not good.

Semi Senior: Some of the following things may happen to you: • Get angry. • Defend yourself. • Distance. • He is resigned.

The end result of his work in a pressured situation is good.

Senior: Some of the following things can happen to you: . • Commits. • Take charge of the situation. •It is inspired. • It surpasses itself despite the difficulties.

It is worth mentioning that the same person may have characteristics of Senior in one aspect and Junior in another, the final decision is to have a clear selection plan for each freelance profile you need in your project.

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