Soft Skills Articles

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    The Most In-Demand Hard and Soft Skills of 2020

    January 9, 2020

    Recruiters have a front-row seat to the ever-changing mix of skills most prized by the business world. Understanding what those skills are early on can give you a leg up on the competition. And while the soft skills valued by companies tend to change gradually, the most sought-after hard skills evolve lickety-split, pushed largely by the relentless...

  • Why Touchy Feely Is the Most Important Class Offered at Stanford Biz School — and What You Can Learn from It

    October 1, 2019

    Brian Lowery isn’t a fan of the term “soft skills.” “I feel like it has the connotation of not being important stuff,” Brian says. A professor of organizational behavior and a senior associate dean of academic affairs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), he finds the label too dismissive and somewhat off-target. But as the recognition of the...

  • 3 Common Myths About Soft Skills, Busted

    April 29, 2019

    A whopping 91% of talent professionals agree that soft skills are very important to the future of recruiting and HR. That’s according to LinkedIn’s Global Talent Trends 2019 report, which surveyed over 5,000 talent professionals around the world. But while there is near unanimity about the significance of soft skills, there is no consensus about how to evaluate...

  • Why Shell Pushes Hard on Soft Skills — and How It’s...

    April 8, 2019

    Royal Dutch Shell is a global energy company that has always valued soft skills, even as the particular skills it prizes have changed....

  • Candidates' Soft Skills are Notoriously Hard to Assess, But...

    March 20, 2019

    The psychologist Nicholas Humphrey once stated that a person’s social intelligence — the soft skills they use to interact with their...

  • The Tactic This Expert Uses to Assess Soft Skills (Hint: It...

    March 4, 2019

    Eight in 10 talent professionals say soft skills (like creativity, collaboration, and adaptability) are increasingly important to...