Communication, adaptability and digital proficiency may be letting down otherwise successful jobs candidates. According to a survey of 951 employers by recruiting experts Hays, 77 per cent said communication skills are and will continue to be important to them. This was followed by adaptability (66 per cent), digital proficiency in new technology relevant to an individual’s job (64 per cent), innovation (63 per cent) and critical thinking (61 per cent).
Further down the list were emotional intelligence (53 per cent), technical skills (43 per cent), self-learning (40 per cent), data-based decision making (35 per cent) and coding (six per cent). Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand, says these are the skills employers value most and building these needs to be a top priority for today’s professionals.
“As well as keeping up with the technical know-how relevant to your specific job, employers are looking to see evidence candidates can solve new problems and work with peers to exchange knowledge and ideas,” he said. “That’s why it makes sense that communication and adaptability are at the top of the list. As technology drives more of our work tasks, employers look to their people to make gains through the way they engage and build relationships both internally and externally as well as how they collaborate and communicate to solve constantly evolving challenges and problems.
“It’s human nature to find change uncomfortable but to survive and thrive in the workforce of today and tomorrow we must not only learn to adapt to constant change but exploit it to build our careers,” he concluded.