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Graduation time at colleges and universities across the nation yields a fresh crop of potential IT pros. But competition is fierce for top tech talent. Here are 10 tips from a recruiting expert on how to identify rising stars and seal the deal when hiring the best in class among recent grads.
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Seek Soft Skills
In a recent Robert Half Technology survey of 2,500 CIOs, nearly half, 49%, said communication and problem-solving skills were areas where today's tech pros could use the most improvement.
When hiring new grads who may not have extensive hands-on work experience, Reed advised hiring managers to look at the softer side of things. "Will they be great communicators throughout the organization? Do they have a strong understanding of your business? Have they exhibited the ability to come up with creative solutions to issues?" Reed asked. "It is much easier to teach technical skills than it is soft skills. Employers should put an emphasis on these details when hiring new grads."
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