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05/27/11
What are employers seeking? Technical abilities, “soft skills” and “wise skills”
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, First Year on Job, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 8:12 am

One of the leading questions job seekers want to
know is:  what do potential employers look for
when they are trying to fill positions?

Well, for sure they will want to confirm and
see evidence of technical abilities (matching their
needs] by the accomplishments made and the
problems overcome.  So, that is how well educated
and advanced trained people “get their tickets
punched.”   These can lead to invitations for
interviews.  But then, how do they distinguish
equally talented people and select who gets job
offers?  It is the soft skills that are exhibited.

These are behaviors and courtesies we have
talked about (civility) that are not displayed
on tv or in movies and not part of our curricula in
grad school.  They, however, do distinguish
otherwise qualified candidates and often result
in job offers.  Besides Pier Forni  1 , please consider
looking at Peggy Klaus for helpful insights.

Peggy has written and spoken about these
skills as her blog items reveal.  Digging deeper
into the “long tail” on her, uncovered gems of
wisdom on suggestion of how to deal with the
plight of information overload– “wise skills.
[my words for her ‘practical wisdom’]”
In tight job markets, where people
who get hired into positions of responsibility
they will also be expected to give extra of
themselves– time away from home, bringing
work home, business meeting at inconvenient 
times (weekends, evenings, early mornings).

She discusses timely concepts to deal with
the 7/24 frenetic pace and also the ways different
generations can be of value to each other.
Brief highlights:
 - disconnect and recharge, develop schedules
 - be allies for each other
 - understand the high value and importance of
face-to-face communication
 

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