Academic journal article IUP Journal of Soft Skills

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Academic journal article IUP Journal of Soft Skills

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Mark Murphy, the author of Hire for Attitude, in an interview states that 46% of new hires fail in the first 18 months, and 89% of them wholly fail for attitudinal reasons. He adds that only 11% fail owing to lack of hard skills. Gone are the days when one could think that sound technical prowess alone is the key to emerge triumphant at an interview. Whether it is software, engineering, finance or management, it is not just adequate to have strong domain skills. Managers lay firm emphasis on the desired softskills like infectious enthusiasm, knack of taking initiative, vibrant communication, top-notch skills for collaboration, etc. that can really demonstrate what a candidate brings to a job. Hence, during the selection process, the HR is keen to assess the softskills of the candidates to predict their ability to perform in a job. Most managers also express that employees endowed with excellent softskills are far more successful in the long run than those who are woefully short of it. It is widely observed that employees with poor softskills witness a steady decline in their ability and productivity, while employees with a fine blend of softskills and hard skills carve out a place for themselves in the professional arena. In this age of unprecedented globalization and fierce competition, managers without proper softskills are ill-suited to take up top level managerial positions that demand high level of prioritization and sound people skills. According to a report by CareerBuilder, the top five softskills that managers want to see in candidates are strong work ethics (73%), dependability (73%), positive attitude (72%), self-motivation (66%) and teamwork-friendly (60%).

In an era of fierce competition and scarce opportunities, those aspiring to grab topnotch opportunities must possess market-relevant competencies that recruiters specifically look for. A lot of candidates proactively invest their valuable time, efforts and resources in sharpening their skills to become suitable for the job and experience splendid growth. The paper, "The Effects of Generic Competences on Employment Outcomes", by Ronald Lievens and W I E Wesseling, presents broad perspectives on the reasons for unemployment among the youth and elaborates on the role of generic competences in finding suitable employment. …

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