Soft Skills Articles

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    Why Curiosity Might Be the Most Important Skill for Recruiters

    February 5, 2020

    Curiosity. It doesn’t show up on nearly enough core competency lists, and it’s tough to measure. Yet curiosity is accountable for much of the success of top corporate recruiters. Of course, other competencies are critical, too — adaptability, learning agility, drive, prioritization, influence, etc. But those typically get quite a bit of love in recruiter...

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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...

  • Gary Vee Says These Are the Two Most Important Traits for...

    September 26, 2019

    As a kid, Gary Vaynerchuk had wild success with a lemonade stand and a side hustle trading baseball cards, he told today's Talent...

  • 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...

  • 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....