While technical, or “hard” skills are important for tech professionals in 2023 , they’re not the only ones that employers look for when hiring.
Given the responsibilities that people working in tech now have, and the number of stakeholders you’ll be expected to work with, ideal candidates will also need the right soft skills.
Hays is in the process of releasing our Salary & Recruiting Guides for 2023 around the world, in locations including Ireland, the UK, France, the US and many more. Based on the results of surveys distributed among employers, we’ve established the soft skills that are most in-demand among tech employers in 2023. If you’re embarking on a new challenge this year, I’ve also outlined how you can demonstrate your strength in these areas when applying for roles.
Sustained success in a tech role relies heavily on continuous learning. If you’re a less experienced candidate, employers need to know that you can come on board and respond well to training, especially if some concepts are unfamiliar to you. Even if you’re further along in your career, or have a high level of technical ability, that knowledge will fast become redundant without learning.
Given the challenges many organisations face when implementing their digital strategies, you’ll need to be able to adapt to ever-changing goals, problems and even responsibilities. A track record of cross-training and meeting deadlines will put jobseekers in good stead.
Change adoption depends on leadership and change management, but the team’s receptiveness to this is just as important. If you’re looking for a senior position, think about ways you can influence your people to adopt change. Those in a more junior role must react well to new processes and ways of working.
Whether you’re a developer, a security architect or a project manager, you’ll need to find solutions to a range of problems. Of course, experience is useful, but employers will benefit from people who can offer a fresh perspective and new ideas on approaching challenges.
This is a highly desirable skill to have in any industry, and it’s no different in tech. Among respondents to our surveys, this was the one that was most selected. In a hybrid working world, it’s important to engage as effectively with those sat next to you as it is with those on the other side of the world.
If you’re applying for a new role, simply listing these soft skills in your opening statement, either on your CV or at the start of your interview, won’t do. The hiring party will have heard these buzzwords from everybody, and you won’t stand out.
Instead, make sure you give examples of using these soft skills and the benefit they’ve brought to your past employers.
For example, instead of saying “I’m a problem solver”, you can explain under a role in your job history: “I created a purpose-built X, saving our team X hours per month in manual processes.”
Here are some ways that you can demonstrate these soft skills on your CV or in an interview:
You can read more CV advice here.
Head of Technology Solutions, EMEA
With over 20 years experience in recruitment in Europe, Jane now leads our Technology business in EMEA.