Seven Top Skills That Employers Look for in Applicantshttps://www.easyhrworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/job-jump.png 892 380 Gemma Reeves Gemma Reeves https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/f7570499455301d239537622115a1980?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Whether the unemployment rate is high or low, job hunting is not always easy-breezy. On most times, it’s taxing and in some occasions, hopeless. Job openings may be aplenty but the competition among applicants is quite fierce.
Back in 2016, LinkedIn conducted a survey among 291 hiring managers within the United States, whom a little over half of them believe that soft skills among applicants the the most difficult to find. So what are soft skills? And which of these soft skills are mostly in demand?
According to Investopedia, Soft Skills are the character traits and interpersonal skills that characterize a person’s relationships with other people. In the workplace, soft skills are considered a complement to hard skills, which refer to a person’s knowledge and occupational skills. Sociologists may use the term soft skills to describe a person’s “EQ” or ” Emotional Intelligence Quotient,” as opposed to “IQ” or “Intelligence Quotient.” In basic terms, Soft Skills refer to who an individual is as a person rather than the measure of his knowledge (which are the Hard Skills).
Soft Skills are innate in a person, defining to his character, definite, and difficult to change. Hard Skills on the other hand are those that can be learned and acquired. For example, a teacher can show off in his or her resume his or her education background, the training and seminars he or she has attended – the best qualifications there are to prove that he or she is suited to the position. While these skills or traits may be important, if the teacher has poor Soft Skills, he or she may have a problem on interacting with his or her colleagues and students.