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10 Things You Didnít Know About Soft Skills for IT

The conventional wisdom says that IT workers need to improve their soft skills, but sometimes the conventional wisdom is wrong - at least in part.
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1. 98% of HR recruiters look for soft skills when hiring tech workers.

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In this case, the conventional wisdom is true: Recruiters look for soft skills when they hire IT professionals. In fact, when asked how important a candidate’s soft skills are for getting an offer, a majority (54.3%) said that those skills are extremely important. In addition, 43.5% of respondents said that soft skills are somewhat important. Only 1.8% characterized soft skills as not very important, while 0.3% — just two people out of 600 — said they don’t consider soft skills in IT hiring. Also, 77.9% said that over the past three years, soft skills have become more important in the IT hiring process.

The survey also revealed that 61% of HR recruiters find it more difficult to fill open IT positions than other roles within their companies, and that need for soft skills is part of the reason why. Among those surveyed, 42.9% said a lack of soft skills made it tough to find qualified candidates for technical jobs. However, finding candidates with the right technical knowhow was an even bigger problem, as 61.4% of respondents cited a lack of technical expertise as the reason why it is tough to fill open jobs. (Note: survey participants could select multiple responses to this question.)

Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio

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