10 Things You Didnít Know About Soft Skills for IT
The conventional wisdom says that IT workers need to improve their soft skills, but sometimes the conventional wisdom is wrong - at least in part.
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People who work in IT frequently hear that having excellent technical skills isn’t enough to land a great job — they also need soft skills, like communication, collaboration, and teamwork. The implied criticism is that technology workers might be good at working with machines, but they're not all that great at working with other people.
But is that really true? Are soft skills really that important to employers? And if so, which kinds of soft skills do they want job candidates to have?
To answer those questions and others, consulting firm West Monroe Partners recently conducted a national survey of 600 HR and recruiting professionals who are responsible for hiring IT workers and 650 business professionals who work with tech staff on a regular basis. The firm summarized its findings in a report titled Closing the Technology Gap, and it also provided InformationWeek with the raw data and breakouts of some of the answers based on the age, gender, metropolitan area, and industry of the respondents.
Some of the survey results reinforced the traditional wisdom, but other data directly contradicts some persistent myths and misperceptions about IT workers and soft skills. The following slides focus on 10 of the most noteworthy insights.
Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio
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