Non-Tech Skills to Look for in Tech Workers

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 04-16-2015 Email

As a CIO, you want your IT employees to command a high level of hard skills–specifically their tech experience and know-how, as demonstrated by certifications, degrees and work history. But how much attention do you pay to the less tangible soft skills and traits that still prove so critical? Soft skills cover a wide range of essentials relating to communications, team work, creativity and overall professional comportment–qualities that are apparently in relatively short supply these days: More than nine out of 10 surveyed senior executives said they struggle with skill gaps within their workforce, and 44% said soft skills are missing. (As opposed to just 22% who cite a lack of tech skills.) Two out of five execs believe the skills gap is most prevalent in the tech sector–second only to the manufacturing industry. Given this, consider the following 10 "non-tech" skills and qualities that you should look for in job candidates, and help develop within existing team members. They were adapted from a number of online resources, including those posted by and

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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