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Yes, Your Interpersonal Skills Trump Your Technical Abilities

Yes, Your Interpersonal Skills Trump Your Technical Abilities

Do you know the number one skill employers tell me they look for in potential information technology (IT) hires when I visit my students completing IT work internships? You might say “Excellent technical abilities.” While you are partially right, technical abilities are not the most sought-after skill because technical skills are a given and can be learned as the technology field constantly changes, and keeping up with new developments remains critical. So, what is the sought-after gemstone? Interpersonal skills or…

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Polish Your People Skills

Polish Your People Skills

You prefer working with things rather than with people. You like to be alone in your corner doing your job. You work well autonomously. While you score points for these, you’ll get more points for the essential skill of relating to others or for your people skills. Did you know that 85% of your career success depends upon your people skills, while only 15% of your technical skills account for the rest of your success? Yes, employers value people who…

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Put the ACTIVE back into your listening

Put the ACTIVE back into your listening

We are born with two ears and only one mouth. That means we should listen twice as much as we speak! Don’t simply hear and make all the right noises–be an active participant and apply effective listening skills. Here are some quick tips for ramping up your listening: Encourage your speaker by acknowledging what they are saying: Nod, say “yes,” “Go on…,” “Tell me more…”. Encouraging responses make your speaker want to talk. Paraphrase or reformulate in your own words…

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