In an age where the skills necessary for a job are changing at a pace nearly impossible to keep up with, employers are finding ways to fill the skills gap with new training methods. Some of these training methods focus on practical skill training, teaching and improving skills that are necessary to perform a job, such as data entry or coding. Other methods focus on what is known as soft skills, such as collaboration and communication. As the skills gap continues to grow in the constantly changing job market, soft skills are becoming more important to employers, even considered more important than hard skills at times.
The competition for jobs is becoming more and more fierce as candidates come from all parts of the globe. In order to differentiate good candidates from great candidates, employers are looking more and more at the soft skills candidates posses. In fact, 57% of senior leaders consider soft skills to be more important than hard skills in 2019. In addition, training and developing soft skills is at the top of the priority list for many executives and talent teams. Just after that comes to identifying trends in order to prevent the skills gap from growing.
The business world is changing, as are the skills necessary for jobs. Yes, you need to know how to perform in your job, but having the soft skills pushes the attraction to hire or keep you as an employee. Soft skills are easy to learn and develop as well, such as learning how to build leadership skills, being able to communicate effectively and efficiently, and the ability to collaborate in an effective manner.
As you look for your first or next job, be sure to consider the soft skills; the soft ones might just make or break your application.
-Written by Jordan Wong
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