In a Wonderlic study from 2016 93% of employers said that soft skills were either ‘essential’ or ‘very important’ when making their hiring decisions. A LinkedIn study from 2015 discovered that 59% of hiring managers believe it is difficult to find suitable job candidates with soft skills.
In the LinkedIn study, the 10 most in-demand soft skills were:
- Critical thinking
- Social skills
- Interpersonal communication
- Friendly personality
Some employers report needing soft skills more than even the most-buzzed-about tech skills. In a 2015 National Association of Colleges and Employers survey, employers ranked leadership skills and the ability to work in a team as the most desirable attributes of new college graduates, ahead of problem-solving and analytical or quantitative skills.
Your technical skills will get you to the career ladder, your soft skills will get you up it.