Forget Technical Skills, Employers Are Searching for Soft Skills

IHE_SoftSkills_thumbnail_0Employers spend an enormous amount of time sifting through resumes searching for something specific, but unfortunately you rarely find “exceptional soft skills” displayed on a resume.  Employers are not only validating that your technical skills are up to par, but they’re also on the lookout for soft skills–professional demeanor, punctuality and even something  some would consider as trivial as good phone etiquette.

All of these things can be a deciding factor on whether or not an employer believes you’re the right person for the job.

Attaining strong soft skills is key to successfully making you a desirable candidate and sets you apart from other job seekers.  An article provided by CareerBulider, 3 Soft Skills You Need To Get Hired, has offered some helpful insights on how to focus on your attitude, presentation, and demonstration of professionalism so a hiring manager will hire you based on ALL the necessary skills you possess.

Attitude
Personality plays a role in how you’re perceived by others. Even if you have the right experience, being standoffish or rude can put a damper on your desirability and the job market is too competitive to allow for any mistakes.

Impress your potential employer with your great attitude and interpersonal skills by:

  • Being polite and friendly
  • Showing enthusiasm and motivation for your career
  • Sharing specifics as to why you’re prepared for the job
  • Acting professionally
  • Demonstrating a good work ethic
  • Paying attention and actively listening
  • Having self-confidence

 

Presentation
Present yourself as a well-prepared candidate by staying organized and paying attention to details, including:

Having an organized resume
Is your resume customized? Did you follow the application instructions and include all requested materials and answer all questions asked? Although applying for jobs can sometimes seem like a mind-numbing experience, you must pay attention to the details of each application, or you’re potentially throwing away that opportunity.

Dressing appropriately for the interview
Hiring managers rarely judge job seekers on their sense of fashion in an interview, but they do notice how you dress because it’s an indicator of your sense of judgment. Dressing professionally when interviewing shows the hiring manager that you understand what their work environment is.

Speaking clearly and answering questions completely
Not only does this show that you can follow a conversation and provide your own opinion, but articulating yourself well demonstrates good communication skills — something every employee needs.

Being punctual
Showing up late to an interview or responding slowly to an email from a hiring manager is unprofessional and makes it seem like you don’t care. Arrive early for your interview and promptly answer emails; doing so expresses your interest in this relationship.

Lastly, inform the hiring manager that you possess these job-ready basics:

  • Time-management abilities
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Acting as a team player
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to accept and learn from criticism
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Working well under pressure
  • Spelling and grammar expertise

You’re being judged on more than just what’s displayed on your resume and having remarkable technical skills doesn’t guarantee that the job is yours any longer.  The next time you’re prepping for an interview, add soft skills to the list of things to review-you may be surprised to learn how beneficial knowing these skills will be for your future.

About TRC Staffing Services, Inc.

2 Responses to “Forget Technical Skills, Employers Are Searching for Soft Skills”

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