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Career progression: Your next step is only a soft skill away

Posted by David Brown, EVP, Veredus, a Hays company, on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016

Hays Blog: Soft skills to get your next jobAlthough there is a high demand of IT professionals, employers are not willing to settle for less experience or fewer skills.

It’s no longer enough to only have the technical experience for the job, soft skills are increasingly moving from “nice-to-have” to required when hiring new employees.

Demand for experienced IT professionals shows no sign of slowing down but despite this high demand, employers are not willing to settle for less experience or fewer skills. Technology is increasingly integrated into the business and IT employers are looking for candidates who embody that integration with skills that go beyond just technical requirements.

What do I mean “beyond technical requirements”? I’m referring to soft skills: work ethic, communication skills, commercial understanding, etc. These skills are what will give your career progression the trajectory it needs.

Almost 80 percent (78%) of IT employers will pay more for the right soft skills, and there is increasing demand for candidates who can look beyond their task list or project to integrate IT and business objectives. Even if you have the most in-demand technical skills, you could be rewarded with higher compensation and faster career growth if you focus on improving your business understanding, interpersonal and other soft skills.

If you are seeking a senior role consider diversifying your experiences and taking time to build and develop your soft skills. You don’t necessarily have to go out and get a communications certification but rather look into joining a public speaking group, find a mentor or seek peer review feedback. There are options for you to grow your soft skills while still keeping up with your technical skills.

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Talk to David Brown, EVP, Veredus, a Hays company about the US IT market.

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