21 Jun

3 Soft Skills Job Recruiters Are Looking For

Posted by John Brandwagt

Information technology is a lucrative field, which means job seekers will face plenty of competition. As a result, they need to possess several key IT skills. Many companies depend on comprehensive technology integration, so they need mobile and software developers, Big Data specialists, and IT security analysts to achieve it. If you want to work in these fields, you need to possess coding knowledge, design experience, and an understanding of how to maintain tech infrastructure.

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But what about transferable soft skills? Increasingly, job recruiters are looking for IT candidates that are proficient not just in the essential technical tools of the trade, but the skills that facilitate digital projects and goals. If you’re a tech professional who wants an extra edge in this competitive workforce, you need to check out this list of valuable soft skills.

1. Excellent Written and Oral Communication

In recent years, strong writing has become tech design’s “unicorn skill.” The ability to code a killer app or website isn’t enough anymore, and for good reason too. No matter what you design for your company, the final product will be lackluster if you can’t write content for your specific platform.

Oral communication is just as important, since it’s the most direct way to facilitate the design process. If you can’t present your ideas and demonstrate their worth to your colleagues and executives, your digital projects will remain in limbo. You need to outline tasks, procedures and goals clearly if you want to manage an efficient IT team.

In the future, job recruiters will pay close attention to candidates with stellar communication skills. Will you be one of the professionals they notice?

2. Adaptability

Some soft skills seem fluffy or vague, and this is the case with adaptability. What exactly does it mean to be adaptable? For a tech professional, it means you must be ready for disruptive innovations in technology. The only thing IT workers know for sure is that their industry is always changing.

Companies’ greatest digital transformation challenges are related to ever-evolving technology and how it affects their business continuity. If you can prove to recruiters that you are able to plan and react quickly to sudden changes to digital projects and your role in them, you are going to be a sought-after candidate.

3. Emotional Intelligence

Traditional office culture is on the decline. Cloud-based platforms and mobile apps allow teams to do work outside the office, so physical presence and standard working hours are less significant. But even if you’re among the new wave of distance workers driving company goals from home, you need to possess emotional intelligence or at least a basic understanding of human behaviour to be a great team player.

Empathy isn’t a luxury in your line of work. It’s a necessity. When you consider problems from your colleagues’ perspectives, you’ll anticipate problems you wouldn’t have seen otherwise. This will help amp up your team’s performance rates and establish a good rapport, which will further motivate your co-workers. Everybody wins when you take other people’s emotions into account.

Those aren’t the only benefits, though. Emotional intelligence allows you to design products with your clients’ experience in mind. This helps you attract and satisfy more customers, which ultimately helps your bottom line. If you intuitively understand the needs of others, you might be the next IT professional top job recruiters are looking for.

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Topics: IT Skills

John Brandwagt

John is a Practice Leader at Inteqna. He’s been working in IT Search in Calgary since 1997. He works best with selective job seekers—those who excel at what they do and enjoy their current jobs. Since they don’t have time to look for themselves, he helps them find their dream jobs. From a client perspective, he helps organizations find the talent that will propel their business. John is involved in several of Calgary’s technical user groups and has held board roles in non-profit groups. He is a single dad of four boys who try to beat him at every physical activity from hiking to rugby.

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