What does a Service Desk Specialist do?
Service desk analysts are information professionals who help users resolve their issues with computer hardware and software. By responding to user inquiries, they assess problems and issues with IT equipment and applications and help provide the most accessible solutions to resolve user issues. They work closely with other IT department personnel and assist with tasks outside the scope of their knowledge and expertise.
Service desk analysts ask questions to determine the full scope of the user’s issue; whenever possible, they directly resolve technical issues as they arrive. If they cannot resolve the issue independently or with the end-user, they escalate a request to a higher-level IT support specialist. They document inquiries and provide supervisors or specialists with notes regarding the problem, steps they have taken, and their diagnosis of the user’s problem. They maintain detailed records of user issues with software and hardware, which helps diagnose and repair more complex cases and provide IT departments with data regarding recurring issues and problems. Service desk analysts need at least an associate's degree in computer science or information systems.
- Provide daily network status reports to the operations team.
- Create monthly metrics and reporting of service desk tickets.
- Provide direction on IT support issues, and keep appropriate staff informed of issues or concerns.
- Receive, manage and help to resolve online, chat and phone initiated technical issues and inquiries.
- Escalate issues to appropriate teams as necessary.
- Troubleshoot independently and resolve certain levels of IT support issues.
- Develop standard operating processes and procedures to promotes consistency.
- Receive, prioritize, document and actively resolve end user help requests and Incidents.
- Analyze IT incident reports and service requests to identify trends.
- Bachelor's Degree in business or computer science.
- Advanced computer literacy skills.
- Ability to adapt to a range of operating systems.
- Productive in a cloud-based environment.
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“Not once did I receive any communication that would have let me know that there was an issue.”
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“Great Atmosphere Great Colleagues Great motivation for personal development and internal progress”
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