As an IT consultant, you are probably a subject matter expert with top-level, in-demand skills. But do you have the “other” skills companies are looking for? If your resume is a technical gold mine, that’s wonderful, but soft skills are becoming more important to hiring managers, even for consultants on short-term assignments. Before you apply for your next project, take some time to evaluate your soft skills.
The Soft Skills Employers Want
Technical skills ensure you can complete tasks, but soft skills impact the value you bring to a team. People who lack critical soft skills often clash with co-workers and management and can quickly become a liability. These are the types of soft skills that employers want to see:
- Discipline: Workdays are full of distractions. Not only do you have your own tasks to accomplish, but you must navigate a constant barrage of emails, instant messages, chatty co-workers and the pull of your smartphone notifications. It takes discipline to stay focused on the task at hand and remain productive, no matter the circumstances.
- Confidence: IT leaders don’t have time to field a question every time you tackle a new task. They want team members who are confident in their skills and who aren’t afraid to seek out answers and solutions without someone holding their hand.
- Flexibility: Forces outside your control will be a factor in many aspects of your job. Budgets change, project scope changes, priorities shift. You must be able to adapt quickly and achieve success no matter the circumstances.
- Persistence: Challenges are a fact of life. If you cave under pressure, if you give up when you know you have a solution but you can’t get anyone to listen, or if you get frustrated in the face of an obstacle, you won’t add value to the project.
- Emotional Intelligence: No organization is made up of people who think the same way, act the same way or work the same way. You must be able to work well as part of a team, relate well to others and not let someone’s mood or attitude impact your own, even if you are only there for a few weeks or months.
As you interview, share anecdotes that showcase soft skills like these. If you can show you are the “whole package,” you will increase your chances of landing the assignment.
If you are a skilled IT professional seeking new and exciting consulting challenges, the recruiters at Queen Consulting Group want to hear from you. We can match you with an opportunity that aligns with your skill set and helps you achieve your goals. Browse our available opportunities on our job board or contact us today to learn more.