11 Must-Have Soft Skills for Tech Professionals

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2014-09-02 Email

In a recent feature, we presented 10 IT certifications that result in top-paying technology jobs. Earning one of these certifications, however, doesn't necessarily guarantee a lucrative, long-term career. To build on success over decades, tech employees must also develop soft skills—interpersonal qualities such as leadership and the ability to work well with others. Clearly, they're not to be taken lightly: Ninety-three percent of employers consider a job candidate's demonstrated soft skills as being more important than their undergraduate major, according to research. Your personality and people skills—along with your ability to communicate, negotiate and lead—will dictate 85 percent of your financial success. In addition, one in five employers cite soft skills as a top reason for not hiring someone, and two-thirds of HR managers indicate they'd hire applicants with strong soft skills even if their technology skills were lacking. Have we convinced you? If so, then you'll want to take a look at the following list of 11 crucial soft skills for tech professionals. They demonstrate that soft skills are a direct reflection of your ability to shine as a team member and leader. Our list was adapted from a number of online resources, including BeMyCareerCoach.com and LiveCareer.com.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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