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Soft Skills Employers Are Looking For Right Now

Published: Tuesday 25th September 2018

Qualifications and experience might be the most obvious things employers are looking for when recruiting for new staff, but beyond that there are a number of other skills that you’ll need to demonstrate an aptitude for if you want to stand out from other candidates.

Here are the top six trending soft skills currently in demand by employers:

Problem solving

According to iCIMSFemale accountant with calculator on her hand sitting down, 62% of recruiters are looking for people who can create solutions to problems. The key here is being able to demonstrate good creativity and sound analytical thinking, as these are the main characteristics that come into play when it comes to developing innovative approaches to challenging scenarios.

While many people are naturally gifted when it comes to creative thinking and problem-solving, it is something that can you can work at in your everyday life. After all, problem solving is simply about breaking down a challenge into its components and methodically looking at ways to tackle it.


65% of recruiters say that excellent communication skills are more important than a university degreeFemale communicating over the phone with a client. That’s not a surprising statistic when you consider we spend a lot of life communicating and negotiating with each other in one way or another, whether it’s tackling issues with friends or work colleagues, haggling a deal on used car, or asking for a pay rise.

Every good employer knows the value of hiring a great communicator on board to deliver a winning sales pitch or motivate a team to success. Which is why having great communication skills can significantly enhance your employment prospects.

Time Management

A picture of a calendar on a blue backgroundThere are only so many hours in a day and, as the old adage goes, time is money. The more effectively you can manage your time, then the greater your productivity will be, and, in turn, the more you’ll contribute to the organisation you work for.

Organisational skills

Being well-organised means being able to cope with timelines and whatever the role throws at you. If you’re not, there’s a good chance you’ll do a poor job, miss a deadline, or make a mistake.

Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to demonstrate that you’re well organised. To begin with, turn up at the interview on time and show that you’ve done your research on the company and the role. In the meantime, there are plenty of ways you can hone your organisation skills in your spare time.


Today, in a shifting technology and economic environment, employers want people who are flexible and can adapt quickly not only to change in their daily duties, as business demand dictates, but in times of major organisational change due to increasing globalisation and fluctuating economic factors.

Social Media

Social media platforms, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, have dramatically changed the way many organisations do business. These are skills that are now acquired by most people as part of their social lives, but taking these skills Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn Icon displayedto the next level, such as incorporating blogging or video blogging into your career drive, are all skills that are highly transferable in the workplace.



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