Your greatest asset when applying for a job might be your social savvy.
Attributes that might give you an edge over other job applicants centered on being dependable, detail-oriented and self aware, said Maureen Hoersten, chief operating officer at LaSalle Network.
Having empathy and being team-oriented also matter, she said.
Job interviews give hiring managers insight into candidates’ soft skills, based on their behavior toward executive assistants and other staff members and their timeliness, said Hoersten.
In particular, what you say about your past employers and former coworkers can be telling.
For instance, hiring managers might be more inclined to look at you favorably if you ask them to respect your old employer’s policy of giving two weeks’ notice before switching jobs.
It shows that you have respect for your previous company’s investment in your career, Hoersten said.
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About 40 percent of the participating employers said they plan to bring more full-time workers on board next year.
Skilled labor, which includes engineering and technician jobs, are in high demand, as a quarter of the participating hiring managers said they’re hoping to add talent in those fields.
Data analysis candidates are also popular, as 2 out of 10 hiring professionals want to hire them this year.
“New technologies are constantly being introduced, causing legacy industries to be transformed, so the need for workers with specialized, high-tech capabilities is on the rise,” said Armer.
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