Tech Professionals Need Soft Skills Too

Aug 2, 2018

From coding, programming, AI experience, and data science capabilities to SaaS in the cloud, mobile app development, digital transformation, and cybersecurity, the list of technical skills and certifications continues to grow and remain in top demand. The reality is that the technology industry supports every other sector, but the top talent in technology doesn’t rest on specific skills alone. Tech-savvy talent requires soft skills – the heart and soul that holds everything together.

11 Crucial Soft Skills – for Tech Talent

Adaptability: In today’s tech-driven and rapidly evolving business environment, adaptability is a critical skill that cannot be underestimated. Changes in the business realm is a constant, almost daily event, requiring an ability to adapt and adjust with ease.

Communication: Strong communications skills are essential. They prevent misunderstandings and keep the workflow smooth and productive. Well-honed communication skills – from giving a presentation to being a receptive listener play a role in career success. Let’s face it – not everyone has technical aptitude. Being able to communicate details in laymen’s terms and explain technical concepts to non-tech colleagues from other industries is crucial. So is the capacity to interact and communicate with others, regardless of diversity in position, gender, personality, beliefs, lifestyle choices, etc.  

Creative, Critical thinking/problem solving:  The ability to react to new problems – utilizing reasoning and creative imagination to evaluate a situation, identify the cause, present options, and ultimately choose the most effective response.  Often underrated, creativity in problem-solving is based in resourceful innovation. It’s an innate ability to assess a situation and find multiple viable solutions via an in-depth study of information that many overlook. It’s being able to evaluate a problem through a fresh viewfinder, and then approach it with a different perspective.

Cultural intelligence: Technology has moved us to a global society. Many of those in the tech industry will connect internationally. Being attuned to the different nuances and building rapport with different cultures is a big plus.   

Emotional intelligence: A keen awareness of one’s self and of others. Being able to identify and manage personal emotions, as well as others. A sound awareness that builds and enhances healthy relationships.

Leadership: Strong leadership – critical in every industry is an absolute must in technology. A tech leader has the ability to walk into a problematic situation with stressed workers and not only bring organization and solutions to chaos and problems, but also motivate and inspire the players. An effective leader perceives the strengths and the weaknesses of his/her team and quickly distributes responsibilities accordingly, supporting tasks with the appropriate tools and authority.

Organization: From personal organization to organizing a massive project or any place between the two, being able to create a plan and then enact it is critical. It involves the insight to determine what is priority, as well as the ability to follow through. It’s an awareness of sequence and order and the ability to apply it to the whole project as well as the individual parts.        

Receptive to learning: In a constantly-evolving field, the desire to learn and grow is essential. Staying in tune to emerging trends via networking, seminars, online discussions, classes, and certifications is vital. Keep your curiosity juices flowing and foster a teachable attitude.

 Strong work ethic: Employers are looking for employees with an attitude geared toward success. Reliable men and woman who are motivated, take initiative, and consistently produce high-quality work – giving their all and doing it right – from the beginning. It doesn’t mean they won’t make mistakes, but when they do, they immediately acknowledge it and start working on a solution.

Teamwork skills: The ability to collaborate and work well not only with a specific team, but across all business lines; understanding workflow, resolving conflict, and respecting and embracing diversity. Personally maintaining, and encouraging others toward “the all for one and one for all attitude.”

Time management: This is pretty straightforward – the ability to manage your time. Being punctual is essential, of course, but it’s also the ability to break down a project into increments, the perception to correctly estimate the time need for each step, and the committed diligence to meet the deadline.

Do you have the soft-skills? Are you a company looking for those who do? Come to Lofton Staffing. Since 1979, our mission has never changed – to provide the best service possible. Businesses look to Lofton to help provide quality candidates to fill their staffing needs.  People with all types of interests and skills come to Lofton to find satisfying work. Contact us today.

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