Survey: Soft Skills Attractive Among Hiring Managers
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

If you’re great with communicating, have a positive attitude and are team-oriented, you may be a top candidate for employment. According to recent CareerBuilder research findings, a majority of employers (77%) believe soft skills (less tangible skills associated with one’s personality, such as a positive attitude) are just as important as hard skills (skills that are learned to perform a specific job function and can be measured, such as operating a computer program). Sixteen percent said soft skills are more important than hard skills when evaluating candidates for a job.

“When companies are assessing job candidates, they’re looking for the best of both worlds: someone who is not only proficient in a particular function, but also has the right personality,” Rosemary Haefner, vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder, says. “Along with responsibilities, it’s important to highlight soft skills that can give employers an idea of how quickly you can adapt and solve problems, whether you can be relied on to follow through and how effectively you can lead and motivate others.”

Check out the top five soft skills that employers find attractive:

Strong work ethic — 73%

Dependability — 73%

Positive attitude — 72%

Self-motivation — 66%

Team player — 60%

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.