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The 10 Top Soft Skills Needed To Succeed In The Tech World

Technical skills will always top hiring managers‘ lists, but increasingly, employers are seeking out candidates that are bringing all-important “soft skills,” or emotional intelligence qualities to the table.

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It goes without saying that to have a career in the IT space, companies will require a set of technical, or “hard skills” depending on the job, such as AI or machine-learning know-how, development and data science knowledge, and experience in cloud or network security.

But IT skills and certifications aren’t the only kind of smarts that employers and companies are looking for. Soft skills, such as interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and change management are increasingly being sought after by organizations looking to up-level their businesses, according to a recent report from global human resource consulting firm Robert Half, which has been tracking hiring and salary trends for the past 70 years.

And it’s not just IT companies or teams that are looking for candidates with so-called soft skills. Industries such as healthcare, government, and financial services are all hiring, and are seeking people that are right for the job, in terms of both technical skills and emotional intelligence.

Here are the top ten soft skills that employers in the tech sector are seeking the most, according to Robert Half.

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