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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

What soft skills are employers looking for?

Every organisation is looking for a mix of soft skills and hard skills from their potential employees. What are soft skills? While hard skills are the tangible and technical skills easily demonstrated by a candidate’s qualifications and specific professional experiences, soft skills is a term used by employers to refer to the more intangible and non-technical abilities that are sought from candidates.

So what soft skills are employers looking for?

  • Communication

It might seem a little cliche but communication really is key. Effective communicators can adjust the tone and style of their speech according to their audience. You should be able to both take and deliver instructions clearly and explain and update your team and clients on the progress of any work.

  • Emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence says to an employer you don’t just know how to clearly communicate with co-workers, clients and customers you also know how to perceive and read situations. This soft skill makes you an invaluable asset to any company. It means you don’t just know how to listen to those you work with, but also how to comprehend what they mean and need without being explicitly told.

  • Resilience

Resilience is a soft skill that turns a good employee into a great one. For potential employers, it represents the ability to stay motivated and focused even if you encounter difficulties. Great resilience will enable you to adapt to changing environments and challenging situations.

  • Research

In almost every industry and role being able to research effectively and efficiently will set you ahead of the competition. This means more than a Google search and skim read of Wikipedia. Why is this soft skill so important? Because it tells your potential employer a lot about you as a person – you’re dedicated and resourceful enough to take initiative, collect useful information and work to solve a problem.

Are you looking for a new role? At Nicholas Howard, we can meet with you to discuss your specific requirements, experience and skills. We offer a full range of candidate services including skills optimisation, career tracking and management and even regularly targeted sessions. Unlike many other recruitment agencies, we don’t rate our success merely by securing your next role, we judge our success by securing your loyalty.

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