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6 soft skills employers should be looking for in tech talent

Sharon Florentine | March 28, 2017
LinkedIn's Jennifer Shappley shares how she sources for soft skills and what to look for in your own candidates.

Many IT companies and startups are growing fast, and it's important to look for talent that can fill not just today's roles, but advance and grow with the company, she says. "Can they grow with us? Have they thrived in roles that require growth and change? Can they take on lots of different roles and succeed? What can we see from our existing talent that we can reverse-engineer?" she says.

6. Prioritization

Finally, candidates who know how to spend their time and energy are critical, Shappley says. "We are looking for not just people who know how to spend their time and energy, but how to know when they need to involve others, delegate -- they need to understand how to respect others' time, too. Look for 'we' instead of 'I,' a focus on teamwork and collaboration," she says.

 

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