When you think of a great tech resume, you often think of the no brainers: relevant work experience, education, training & certification. But what about those skills you just can't teach? Those are soft skills, the personal attributes you need to succeed in the workplace. Examples of soft skills include: leadership, motivation, patience, time management, work ethic, and more.
As the job market continues to evolve, one part of the hiring process that is becoming more and more important for sourcers and recruiting pros is the search for certain soft skills. Employers look at your soft skills to get a feel for your personality and values, and what it would be like to work with you on a daily basis. These can be the differentiators during a lengthy interview process between multiple qualified candidates, especially when competing for a job in today's tight talent market.
We recently sat down with one of our veteran tech recruiters, Melissa Potera, and asked her what soft skills are most in-demand for tech candidates in Seattle's job market. Here are her top 5:
1. Problem Solving
This one is pretty obvious. It's crucial for a tech pro to know how to both resolve issues and discover problems. This involves going beyond your daily task or projects. Look for ways to be proactive and bring attention to possible risks or gaps, instead of just waiting for issues to arise and then taking action.
Having the ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, will really make a tech candidate stand out during the hiring process. Whether you are training your own staff or teaching managers in other departments, your work becomes that much more valuable when you can communicate it effectively, across all arms of the organization. Technical terms and acronyms may seem second-nature to you, but for non-tech folks, it may seem like a foreign language.
3. Attention to Detail
A career in tech means you will often be in situations of heightened pressure and impending deadlines. While working efficiently is important, so is being detail-oriented. Working with coding, analytics, and other data, there is little room for mistakes. By paying attention to detail, you will be more likely to avoid errors that could by costly and time-consuming for your team.
Projects and initiatives are often changing within a tech department, so it’s important to be flexible and adapt to the changes that are thrown your way. Having a flexible outlook will make you seem more agile to your department and you'll be viewed as someone they can rely on to quickly respond to unpredictable situations.
5. Team Player
Collaboration is a key part of being a great tech employee, on top of the sole responsibilities you will have for certain tasks or projects. You can’t expect to be flying solo every work week as there are plenty of projects that will require an entire department’s involvement and varying expertise. It may be difficult to break out of your technical silo, but working for the good of the team and seeing the big picture will make you stand out as a candidate.
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