Professional soft skills are the sort of qualifications that employers are highly interested in evaluating, particularly in an interview setting. Soft skills include communication skills, teamwork and leadership skills, personality, conflict resolution, flexibility, and even overall likability. Soft skills are a high priority for hiring managers looking for their next recruit. In fact, finding candidates with a good cultural fit can be such a challenge that many employers depend on professional recommendations and referrals to find industry talent who will be a good fit with their current employees. But don’t let that scare you away. Soft skills are manageable and easily marketable. Today’s article will discuss the top soft skills that all IT candidates looking to advance their careers should possess.
Communication is an important soft skill for most job applicants, no matter what industry they are working in. But as an IT candidate, communication is particularly important to showcase. If your talents and technical skills are supported by real-world experience, but you aren’t able to communicate them to an interviewer or hiring manager, you can see how that might cause problems in your job search.
Employers are also looking for examples of how you have succeeded at communicating with past clients and co-workers as a way to forecast your future communication skills. If you need to brush up on your speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills, try to do so before the interview because these skills will be on display and judged whether you are prepared or not.
Good teamwork skills in an IT environment could mean the difference between a successful project and an abject failure. Your teamwork skills and ability to work cohesively with co-workers and supervisors is critical to your success in this job market. Few employees ever work in a vacuum, but IT workers are especially expected to interact with clients and support staff to get the job done. Teamwork skills involve the ability to communicate issues and potential solutions, collaborate in effective ways, and maintain positive relationships despite stressful or highly demanding situations. Prove to your interviewer that you are a team player with concrete examples of your teamwork skills in action.
Flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing situations are skills that are not only in demand, but it’s unlikely that you would be able to succeed in the fast paced IT environment without them. Situations are constantly in flux and IT emergencies tend to crop up when everyone least expects them. The demands of a project can change in response to a client’s fluctuating expectations, bugs in a program, or the availability of resources (including time and budget). The ability to think on your feet and maintain a calm and professional demeanor are highly valuable soft skills in the field of technology. Before walking into an interview setting, come up with a couple solid examples from your past work experience to showcase how your flexibility helped reduce conflict and produce a high quality deliverable.
For more help and information on how to maximize your efforts during your job search, contact the experts at ACS Professional Staffing today!