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