Why Soft Skills Matter In Tech

Nov 20

Employers look for two kinds of skills: soft skills and hard skills.

Difference Between Hard And Soft Skills.

Hard skills are teachable and measurable abilities, such as writing, reading, math, or the ability to use computer programs. By contrast, soft skills are the traits that make you a good employee, such as etiquette, communication, and listening, getting along with other people.


 For an IT firm, some examples of hard skills required from the workers include:

  • Excellence and proficiency in data analysis

  • Java, Python, C#, Javascript

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Tools

  • Object-Oriented Principles.

  • Cloud Web Services

  • Project Management

  • Graphic Designs

They show you're great for a specific job. Nobody is born with them. You can go to school to get a degree in it, decide to learn it as an apprentice or intern, or you can choose to take an online course in it. 

Another way to think about it; hard skills are usually the skill set you list on your resume. The languages you speak, the programming languages you know, the software you consider yourself an expert in would be regarded as "hard skills."

Soft Skills: Unlike hard skills, soft skills are less vocational or professional skills. According to the "internet," Soft skills prove you'd be a great fit anywhere. They're part of your personality, but you can learn them.

We define soft skills as abilities not unique to any job. Are you a great communicator? Do you collaborate with others like Captain America? Those are softer skills.

The examples of soft skills needed in an IT firm are as follows:

  • Excellent Communication Skills 

  • Team Work

  • A Sense Of Responsibility

  • Pressure Management

  • Flexibility

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Ability To Learn New Things

  • Positivity

No one gets a formal education on how to be humble, responsible, positive, or be a peacemaker; these are virtues that are innate or adapted as you grow in life.


Benefits Of Soft Skills In A Tech Firm

Professionally, technical skills are crucial to the growth and development of an IT firm. Still, soft skills make it possible for people to work together in a healthy and productive work environment. The IT workplace is a place where people relate with one another, and build relationships; hard skills are not enough to create the necessary relationships or resolve conflicts, soft skills are what aids communication between colleagues, and with clients.

Asides from that, the ever involving state of the IT industry needs soft skills more than hard skills. A particular person can know how to do a specific thing, but what is required is who can learn other things in addition to his primary knowledge.

Since the IT industry is more of an interactive industry, hard skills are not enough to bring a lot to the table. A few hard skills and more soft skills are the best combinations for the growth and advancement of an IT firm. But soft skillsets will help workers know how to communicate well, relate with clients and colleagues, adapt to new ideas, be a team player, and resolve conflicts.

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