The "Soft Skills" That Will Make You Stand out ; NEW RESEARCH HAS DISCOVERED THAT EMPLOYERS ARE PLACING AS MUCH SIGNIFICANCE ON CERTAIN PERSONALITY TRAITS AS THEY ARE EXAM RESULTS

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The "Soft Skills" That Will Make You Stand out ; NEW RESEARCH HAS DISCOVERED THAT EMPLOYERS ARE PLACING AS MUCH SIGNIFICANCE ON CERTAIN PERSONALITY TRAITS AS THEY ARE EXAM RESULTS


BUSINESS leaders are increasingly looking for "soft" skills and personality as well as academic achievements when hiring workers, a new study shows.

Research among 1,750 businessmen and women found that more than half were interested in whether a candidate had done any volunteering work.

British Gas said its survey revealed that a third of employers look at someone's social media profile to gauge their personality before meeting them in person.

Most believed jobseekers should focus on soft skills such as communication, as much as academic grades.

Claire Miles, managing director for customer operations at British Gas, said: "Whilst good exam results can boost opportunities for young people, our survey highlights that employers are also looking for evidence of soft skills and personality before making a final decision on whom to hire.

"Most young people think that employers only care about their academic achievements, but that's not the case. There's a real opportunity for young people to boost their chances of employment through volunteering, which is a great indicator of soft skills."

So what are these soft skills employers are looking for and how do they make candidates more employable? There's opportunity people to COMMUNICATION chances Being able to demonstrate communication skills is a hugely desirable attribute.

Claire It shows that you can get on well with co-workers and clients alike, while also indicating you are able to receive and act on instructions, as well as explaining your point of view sensibly and rationally.

The ability to be flexible and adapt your approach depending on the situation is another massive plus. …

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