The accelerating pace of technological development is a challenge that even industry pioneers struggle to keep up with, let alone the rest of us. So how, in a time of digital evolution, can the world’s workforce expect to stay up to date?
Perhaps, much to your surprise, soft skills could be the answer.
After job seekers have saturated their CV with a list of qualifications and rattled them off during an interview, they often neglect to mention what employers are really looking for – soft skills. These skills are also known as personal attributes such social intelligence or creative thinking and are much harder to learn than any technical skills.
It is often discussed how AI and technological advances will eliminate the need for humans and take away our jobs, however, it is coming to light that these developments demand the opposite and could require a human touch more than ever. With technology that is continuously evolving, employers need an adaptable workforce. They need critical thinkers, problem solvers and analytical minds. In other words, they need strong individuals with astute soft skills. Training schemes for new technology can be put in place and technical skills can be taught, but it is individuals who can adapt to change and work in a flexible manner that employers are screaming out for.
At the top of employers’ list of useful soft skills is that of communication, being able to listen carefully and work effectively with those around them. They will also be looking for those with great problem-solving skills, adaptability, good time management and those who are highly organised. Being good at people management, or a natural leader will also put you in good stead.
So how do you manage to convey these skills to a potential employer? Avoid using cliché phrases such as ‘fast-learner’ or ‘hard-worker’ and instead think of practical examples you could offer up that will demonstrate your soft skills. Remembering that people connect with stories best, so weave your skills into a narrative.
Optimus Recruitment will be increasingly working with candidates to help them recognise and promote their soft skills and can offer advice on how best to convey these in an interview situation. Education, degrees and certified qualifications will remain important for securing interviews, but we shouldn’t ignore the growing value that is being placed on soft skills. Moreover, employers will continue to see the benefit of a versatile workforce and will be approaching agencies in search of candidates to match their criteria.
In this age of advancing technology the very thing that makes you human, makes you the most valuable.