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Jobshop UK promote the significance of Soft Skills for job hunters

Bournemouth based independent recruitment consultants, Jobshop UK, are championing a Government backed incentive promoting the importance of & lsquo;soft skills’ amongst its own candidates as well as with schools across Dorset.

With soft skills contributing &pound88 billion to the economy and estimated to increase by &pound109 billion over the next five years, the significance of soft skills cannot be underestimated, and therefore knowing which soft skills employers are looking for is key to successful job hunting.

Technical and academic qualifications aside, soft skills such as communication, interpersonal skills and conflict management are considered essential for most employers, but other equally important soft skills include an ability to demonstrate decision making skills, commitment, flexibility, time management, leadership skills, creativity and problem solving, as well as showing you are a team player, are able to accept responsibility and work under pressure.

Jobshop UK Director, Tracey Wood, said: “Employers have always been aware of the benefit of having employees with strong soft skills in the workplace but, many job hunters and particularly school leavers are unsure of how to highlight these skills on their own CVs and critically, during the interview process when they should be doing everything they can to make an impression and stand out.  At Jobshop UK, we help prepare our candidates by asking them to describe scenarios that highlight their soft skills, such as an example of working in a team or showing leadership qualities.  The job interview process has evolved over the years and today’s candidates are much more likely to be asked to demonstrate examples of these skills to a potential new employer, so preparation is key.”

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