Ten In-Demand Soft Skills Vital for Career Success

By Dennis McCafferty
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Whether you're looking for a new job or hoping for a promotion with your current employer, it's important to bring strong technical skills to the table. But have you evaluated your command of soft skills lately? It would be unwise to dismiss these less-tangible but still important qualities. In fact, 77 percent of employers believe that soft skills (motivation, dedication, leadership, team orientation, etc.) are just as important as hard skills (degrees and certifications, knowledge of, or competence in, a particular area, etc.), according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. To provide a better sense of what employers are looking for in an employee, CareerBuilder has come up with the following top 10 list of in-demand soft skills, which demonstrate how much organizations value a well-rounded workforce. "When companies are assessing job candidates, they're looking for the best of both worlds: someone who is not only proficient in a particular function, but also has the right personality," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "[Employers need] an idea of how quickly you can adapt and solve problems, whether you can be relied on to follow through, and how effectively you can lead and motivate others." Nearly 2,140 hiring managers and HR professionals took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-05-08
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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