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057 Soft skills in tech

Technical skills aside, soft skills are something that will help you in standing out from everyone. You might have landed a tech job, but you won’t be able to handle the position for long if you lack these essential skills. Do you possess these necessary soft skills?

Before we start listing the soft skills, let’s uncover the importance they hold. Previously the jobs were offered based on what you have achieved, vividly seen on your CV. However, the times have changed, and the complexities of the work environment require a vast range of capabilities apart from technical skills to help you in going far. With more and more emphasis on social interaction and integration, interpersonal skills have become critical. Although they are not restricted to a specific industry, an IT person needs to have these. As sometimes they lead a project, they have to ensure that the entire team is inboard and well-coordinated. Communication with their seniors, peers, stakeholders, and third parties is part of the daily routine. All this takes more than the listed things on your CV.

Communication and Collaboration: Communicating is not just being able to send your message; it requires much more than that. It conveys your message effectively that the other person can understand, across geographies, boundaries, seniority, age and gender groups. It requires you to adjust your tone, language and explaining so that the other person understands it in the right context. You need to consider that just because you are working in a technical industry doesn’t mean that everyone is. Hence, you should be able to convey your message in a non-technical way too.

Critical Thinking: Now, this is a skill that everyone needs. It means that being able to think on your own and become a situational leader. Everyone has a leader in themselves. A situational leader takes actions as per the need of the hour instead of relying on the employers always. But that thinking should be informed decisions, considering all the consequences.

Empathy: It means being able to understand everyone and having a compassionate attitude towards everyone’s concern. It will help if you are realistic to a fair degree with the subject as it will not be readily available in today’s fast-paced environment of deliveries and cut-throat timelines.

Problem-Solving: As a tech professional, you should determine the problem and solve that issue. Or you can anticipate the issue in advance and come up with its solution that the problem doesn’t occur in the first place.

Time Management: Time management isn’t all about meeting the deadlines at the last minute but completing a project that allows you enough time to revisit the assignment before delivering to identify that everything is done in order.

If you wonder that these skills can come overnight, then you are mistaken. It will require time to learn and practice. There are specific ways that you can build these skills.

• A Mentor: Practising the skills with a mentor and someone who can help you identify where and what you lack can prove valuable for your self-developmental skills.

• YouTube: In today’s world, nothing is impossible; you can always look up videos and practice yourself. But you also require will and determination to learn.

• LinkedIn Learning: It’s a fantastic platform that has separately devoted a section to developing skills that should be learnt. In a nutshell, it would help if you also focus on building soft skills that matter more than the technical skills. When two resources are equally good to hire, the scales will most likely favour the one whose soft skills stand out. You may be good in tech skills, but you may get hired because of your soft skills. We have listed the five most essential skills above. However, there are more like self-awareness, detail-oriented, and generally, a team player.

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