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Top 5 Soft Skills That Matter in Tech
By Alan Coheley
March 17, 2021

You may think that you are ready for a career in tech because you have the technical skills needed. However, in today’s changing world of software development, hard skills are not enough to land a job. Research shows that 85% of job success comes from having strong soft skills. But what are the in-demand soft skills in tech?

 

Excellent Communication Skills 

We all have been in those situations when someone with technical knowledge is not able to convey the necessary information in a way that connects with their audience. A good communicator will be able to adapt their language to the audience and break down complex issues to make sure everyone is on the same page.

 This is a common issue in the tech industry. IT jobs require open lines of communication to ensure everything runs smoothly between managers, colleagues, and clients. If you’re unable to communicate, your work will suffer and others will have difficulty working on your team.

 

Organization and Time Management Skills 

Tech careers tend to be very dynamic and often require the ability to jump around different projects and tasks. This type of environment is what attracts many people to tech. This is the very reason that the Agile process has become popular in IT. Many people are attracted to this type of environment.

However, to be successful, being organized and having good time management skills is vital. The IT department works with several departments at the same time and a missed deadline can have a ripple effect across the whole organization.

Leadership and Ability to work well in a team.  Talent that integrates well with the rest of the team is especially in demand now that most people are working remotely. As remote work continues, leaders are realizing that tech that is built by a strong, diverse team is more effective. This is why a person with strong collaboration skill, is more likely to get hired.

Leadership and Ability to work well in a team.

Talent that integrates well with the rest of the team is especially in demand now that most people are working remotely. As remote work continues, leaders are realizing that tech that is built by a strong, diverse team is more effective. This is why a person with strong collaboration skill, is more likely to get hired.

 

Creativity 

Creativity is one of those skills that will set you apart from the crowd when looking for a job in tech. An Adobe study showed that companies that invested in creativity increased their productivity and customer satisfaction. IT leaders are always looking for someone that not only understands the overall goal of a project, but also is comes up with unique ideas to improve processes and products. 

 

Flexibility and adaptability 

Flexibility demonstrates the ability and willingness to take on changes and new tasks calmly and efficiently. With the rapid changes in technology, IT professionals need to be open to new ideas and ready to work through challenging issues when things do not go as planned. They also need to be willing to take suggestions and feedback and make the changes necessary. 

 If you have a love for technology and the soft skills needed for a successful tech career, SkillStorm can help you accelerate your career. Our training programs and courses are designed to help you strengthen your skills and be prepared to thrive in the job market. If this sounds like something you are interested in, we would love to share with you more about how you can become a Stormer! Just shoot us an email at apply@skillstorm.com.

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