Over the last several years, the fields of computer science and technology have accelerated significantly. The best example could be AI, which is capable of performing tasks that used to require human intelligence. Some believe AI will release us from dull tasks and provide maximum efficiency. Others think AI will lead to uncontrolled job displacement.
This is only one of the numbers of topics in the technology sector proving that nowadays, the main focus is on hard skills. We all know situations when companies are paying super-high salaries for highly technical profiles. Yet does this stop a high turnover within the companies or help to retain the clients?
Hard skills are vital in technology sectors, but soft skills are equally important.
In IT, for example, soft skills, such as creativity and the ability to present ideas and solutions to individuals, as well as groups, are highly desire. Strong communications skills, both written and oral are an important asset in virtually any field, at every level. Other soft skills include confidence, accepting feedback, problem solving and resourcefulness, and many many more.
Soft skills are a fundamental part of any workplace. Employers are looking for candidates with the suitable soft skills to fit into a certain role but also to fit within their organization. Therefore it is worthwhile to define what skills you can offer that make you a well-rounded individual, without just focussing on your technical skills, so an employer can understand what you can bring to the company, not just the role.
On the bright side, soft skills can be trained as quickly as, if not quicker, than hard skills.
Soft skills are what accompany the hard skills, and help your organization use its technical expertise to full advantage.