Why ‘soft skills’ are more important than ‘tech skills’

Monday 24 August, 2015


You’re social media savvy, a technological whiz kid, but if you lack ‘soft skills’ then an employer won’t look twice in your direction. The Department of Employment recently announced that jobseekers lack soft skills such as face-to-face communication and motivation.


In any given interview, getting the job depends on soft skills just as much as technical ability. These are the basic skills that humanise us and separate us from the MACs and robots that we operate. And the experts at Working for Dole (part of The Department of Education) warn that lack of communication, teamwork, reliability and self-presentation are holding back many of the nation’s youth from getting job.


Soft skills cover those that are assumed for any job interview, which include arriving on time (if not early), and being smartly dressed, positive and enthusiastic about the job in hand. Forgetting these basics jeopardises your chances of getting hired.


This group of tech-focused talents have been labelled the iGeneration, i.e. those who have grown up with an iPhone attached to their right hand. However, the Department of Education stresses that lack of soft skills is spreading across all ages, all industries, all occupations, and all skill levels.


It seems our reliance on new technology and digital advances today have made us lose sight of the vital humanising soft skills that we need on a day-to-day basis. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed the unemployment rate for 15 to 24-year-olds was 13.1% which is more than double the national workforce unemployment rate of 6.3%. Perhaps lack of soft skills is playing a huge part in this.


Jobseekers need to demonstrate to an employer that they will arrive at work on time, can work as part of a team, can be flexible and have the essential social and communication skills to communicate with others, away from instant messaging.


Yes tech skills are important in the workspace today, but these cannot replace soft skills! Pumping up your ‘soft skills’ can help you get employed! And the first step to that fateful interview is to go to www.oneshiftjobs.com


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Heather Doherty

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