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3 ways to build the soft skills you need

Posted by David Brown, EVP, Veredus, a Hays company, on Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016

Hays Blog: Get the soft skills you needTechnology is integrated into every business, from the local coffee shop’s website to the large financial firm’s intranet which means there are more options than ever for IT professionals.

Despite this high demand, employers are not willing to settle for less experience or fewer skills. Almost 80 percent (78%) of IT employers would pay more for the right soft skills, and we are seeing increasing demand for candidates who can look beyond their task list or project to integrate IT and business objectives.

Don’t neglect this area of professional development. Here are some tips to build up your soft skills and leap to the top of the desired hires list.

1. Consider finding a mentor.
Reach out to someone who is in a senior leadership you’d like to be and ask them and what soft skills they find helpful in their day to day responsibilities. Ask for their insights and learn from their experiences.

2. Seek peer review feedback.
You may already have some of the soft skills employers are looking for but they aren’t at the proper level yet be open to hearing constructive criticism from colleagues and managers about areas for improvement.

3. Find opportunities to practice skills.
For example, if you want to become a better communicator consider joining a public speaking group or attending seminars on communication best practices.

Learn more ways to improve your soft skills and be the most desirable candidate you can be: Request the IT What Employers Want guide.

Looking for your next career move? Check the listings below, or search in your area:

Job Title Location Job ID
Senior Database Analyst Richmond 1065463
Product Marketing Manager Raleigh 1065373
Senior BI Developer Coral Springs 1064926
Junior Automation QA Engineer Denver 1065359
QA Tester Herndon, VA 1065346
Senior Java Developer Tampa 1064659





 

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