According to a LinkedIn survey of 291 hiring managers in the United States, 59 percent said soft skills are “difficult” to find in job applicants. That’s not just an inconvenience: 58 percent said candidates’ soft skills deficiencies are restricting productivity at their companies. That’s creating a competitive edge for job-seekers who promote their soft skills. Those most in demand among companies with job openings include communication, organization, teamwork, consistent punctuality, critical thinking, social skills, creativity, interpersonal communication, adaptability, and a friendly personality, LinkedIn research found.
And those skills are increasingly regarded as necessities even in professions that traditionally did not require them, such as accounting, finance, and information technology. Particularly for employees who seek a strong career path and upward mobility, demonstrated soft skills are now determining who gets a promotion and who gets left behind.
“The old adage was that you hire for attitude and train for skills,” says Stephan Howeg, Adecco’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. “Now that most people will need to continuously update their skills throughout their careers, attitude and mindset are more important than ever. Soft skills have value in themselves and are a good barometer of job candidates’ facility for adapting to change and contributing to the organizational agility that is essential to success in today’s market.”
At the same time, demand for soft skills exceeds current supply. That’s why companies are recognizing their role in cultivating these characteristics in employees who show potential to contribute to long-term business success.
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