Nearly 60% of employers say that what their organization lacks is soft skills.
Hiring managers today mourn the increasing soft skills gap in IT but as you navigate through your career, it is easy to focus on the hard skills that are required for tech roles. After all, it is your core technology skills that decide whether you’re qualified for a job or not. While it’s true that tech skills are important if you want to stand apart in today’s highly competitive workplace, either as a leader or an individual contributor you need more.
Today’s well-rounded professional cannot be a one trick pony. Even the tech expert must possess some key soft skills to be truly valuable to modern-day organizations.
Here are 5 key soft skills even experts must possess if they want to really get ahead in their professional career, no matter how technically capable they are:
According to a recent study, 94% of recruiters believe that an employee with stronger soft skills has a better chance of being promoted to a leadership position as compared to one with more years of experience but poor soft skills. Although hard skills are the foundation of the value you deliver to your company, they will only get you so far in today’s organization. You need to develop people skills, creativity, empathy, communication and collaboration, and adaptability. This is not just to qualify for a job, but to be successful in whatever you do. The message for even tech and functional experts is clear -complement your technical skills with soft skills and enhance your value beyond specific job responsibilities. The question you have to ask yourself is, are you ready?