Soft skills in demand: Jobseekers with interpersonal, leadership, organisational and language skills wanted:HAYS

August 11th, 2011News

Soft skills in demand: Jobseekers with interpersonal, leadership, organisational and language
skills wanted

Interpersonal, leadership, organisational and language skills are four highly valued soft skills, yet
jobseekers often overlook their importance when applying for their next role, says recruiting experts Hays
in Japan.

“Candidates tend to focus on the technical or hard skills required for a role and brush over the soft skills
components of an employer’s wish list,” says Christine Wright, Managing Director of Hays in Japan. “Yet
these soft skills are highly sought after by employers, who are typically looking for a candidate who not
only possesses all the technical requirements needed to perform the role, but who can also bring these
additional soft skills to the organisation.

“There is a shortage of candidates with the right technical skills as well as the additional soft skills that
employers want in the candidate they will employ. Some employers are becoming more flexible in their
requirements and will offer training to a candidate who is otherwise a good fit for the role. But others will
hold out for a candidate that matches all their skill requirements – both hard and soft.

“That’s why it is important to promote your soft skills in your resume and in interviews with clear
examples, and to seek out opportunities in your current role where you can improve upon these skills.”

According to Hays, the four soft skills that employers most commonly request are:

Interpersonal and communication skills: “Widely held as a key requirement, interpersonal and
communication skills can include anything from being able to work efficiently as part of a team
and build relationships, to the manner in which phone calls and emails are handled, to giving
presentations in front of clients and management,” said Christine. “These skills are highly
desirable, which is why we advise candidates to prepare examples before an interview to
demonstrate your capabilities in this area.”

Team management and leadership skills: “These skills are repeatedly cited as being
important to employers, yet talented individuals with these skills are in short supply across the
board. For this reason we encourage candidates to attain these good employability skills. For
example, you could volunteer to chair meetings, help run a team project or mentor a junior
member of the team.”

Organisational skills: “Organisational skills are also commonly cited by employers as a soft
skill they value and look for, but it is also a skill many candidates either lack or do not give
enough attention to. There are plenty of ways you can demonstrate your organisational skills,
from running events to breaking a large project down into manageable pieces or planning your
busy workload to ensure all tasks get done on time.”

Language skills: “A common reoccurring theme amongst many sectors is the need for
additional language skills. In a global economy, where English has become, more or less, lingua
franca for business, having a decent grasp of the language is now a must. Alternatively, for those
whose first language is English, being able to speak a second or third language with any ability
has become a prized asset amongst employers.”

Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.

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For further information please contact Claire Martin, Marketing Assistant of Hays in Japan on +81 03
3560 1529 or

About Hays

Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional
and skilled people worldwide.

Hays Specialist Recruitment Japan KK (“Hays Japan”) operates across the private sector, dealing in
permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. Hays Japan this year celebrates its
tenth anniversary, and is the only foreign recruitment company in Japan to operate specialist business
units composed of professionals with experience and expertise in the sectors they cover. Hays Japan’s
thirteen specialisms span Accountancy & Finance, Banking, Finance Technology, Human Resources,
Hays Resource Management, Information Technology, Insurance, Legal, Office Professionals, Pharma,
Property, Sales & Marketing and Supply Chain.

Hays Japan is also the only foreign recruitment company in Japan to operate three local offices, serving
the Kanto region from Akasaka and Shinjuku, and Kansai from central Osaka.

Hays Japan is the local representative office for Hays plc, which is a global company with more than
7,000 staff operating from 257 offices across 31 countries.




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