Hiring managers screen resumes for hard skills, or technical skills, to determine whether prospective employees are knowledgeable and qualified to do a job before reaching out to them and scheduling an interview.

That is typically something every job seeker knows.

But did you know that during the interview they will also screen for “soft” skills (personal traits, attitudes and qualities) before coming to a hiring decision?

That’s right. Having the soft skills an employer is looking for is oftentimes equally as valued as having the experience and training. These are characteristics inherent in a person, unlike hard skill s which can be taught.

And it’s these soft skills that ultimately help hiring managers determine cultural fit and whether someone will be a valuable, and successful, addition to their organization.

Curious to learn about some of the soft skills employers are looking for in top talent?

Here are seven soft skills employers want:

  • It makes sense that employers want to hire individuals who they can depend on to get to work on time and get the job done. It’s also an indicator of a strong work ethic.
  • In a perfect world, everything would go according to plan. Unfortunately, such a place doesn’t exist and things change – sometimes quickly! Being flexible is a valuable trait to employers. They want to hire individuals who can adapt to changing deadlines and assignments, while remaining calm and focused on the task.
  • No matter what the job is, there are many managers who want to hire individuals who can think outside the box and bring fresh, innovative ideas to the workplace.
  • While employers appreciate employees who get the job done, they LOVE employees who go above and beyond. Individuals who see opportunities and make things happen for an organization.
  • Problem-solving ability. Employers want people on their team who are capable of thinking independently and on their feet, should a situation call for it.
  • Communication skills. Hiring managers are always looking to hire individuals who can express themselves effectively in writing, in person and over the phone, especially since every job involves some degree of communication.
  • No one wants to work with someone who is constantly negative. Attitudes are contagious, and it is much more desirable to have an individual onboard with a positive outlook and attitude. They are less likely to get frustrated and are more willing to tackle difficult tasks with a smile.

How are your soft skills?

If you are searching for a new career opportunity, connect with a staffing firm. Many recruiting firms offer resources to job seekers, such as coaching and interview preparation. They will prove to be an invaluable resource to you.

Let the experienced recruiting team at Masiello help you in your search. We are committed to providing the best opportunities possible.  Just tell us about your goals, needs and expectations. At Masiello, we listen, we learn and we are committed to providing the best opportunities possible.

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