The Importance of Soft Skills in an Automated World

Automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are making their way into every industry, changing job roles and responsibilities across the board. The skills hiring managers looked for on resumes five years ago are not the skills they emphasize now when looking for candidates. In many cases, hard skills (definable, teachable abilities) have taken a back seat to soft skills (personality traits and attributes) as ever-changing technology requires more on-the-job learning. A 2017 study by the Institute for the Future estimates that up to 85 percent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet.

This doesn’t mean that humans will be replaced with robots in the next 10 years, but it does mean that employees will be expected to be fast learners who adapt quickly to change. The robots may be able to do the jobs, but humans are still going to need to know how to fix them and make strategic decisions that keep everything running smoothly. A recent report by the Strada Institute for the Future of Work emphasizes the importance of soft skills in the changing market, saying, “Human skills, like leadership, communication, and problem solving, are among the most in-demand skills in the labor market.” Other common soft skills include: time management, teamwork, flexibility and strong work ethic.

While is still important to be well-versed in technical skills that apply to your industry, it’s equally important to showcase people skills. The trick is to combine those strengths and abilities on your resume (or in an increasingly popular video resume) to truly show a potential employer why you’d be a valuable asset on any team. You can visit, https://talentbridge.com/candidates/job-search-resources/ to learn the “5 Keys to Resumes.”