Top 4 Soft Skills Recruiters Seek in 2019

Guest post by The Study Abroad Portal        

Many recruiters nowadays place a high value on communication skills of applicants. Hard skills are those that you need to be able to perform a duty or task, but soft skills are harder to measure. You will learn such skills at school, but it is also important to cultivate your soft skills in your everyday life.

Soft skills are also known as “people skills” which measure how a person interacts with other people. Each person possesses soft skills, but which soft skills are in demand or the role you are aiming for?

This article will give you an insight into the top skills that recruiters are looking for in young professionals.


Employees in an open office space set up.

Problem-solving is the basis for continuous improvement and one of the most important soft skills that recruiters are looking for.

Recruiters seek out professionals who are able to analyze and find solutions independently. Internet and new technologies are readily available, which makes finding solutions online easier than ever.

However, problem-solving is not only about searching for a solution, but also about innovating and creating the changes towards a desirable environment.


Listening skills, empathy, genuine interests towards others, shared goals. Those are some important aspects that contribute to good a relationship between team members.

Why is it so important to not only be a team but also act as a team?

Teamwork is required in almost every industry from the technology sector to the food sector. Teamwork maximizes strengths as each individual possesses their own unique skills. In this way each skill will contribute to the skill of another team member and make them a strong and equal unit!


Contract signing and orientation

Communication is key to excellent team building and overall performance. Successful leaders make sure to facilitate effective communication in order for their team to reach a common goal.

Misunderstandings are prevented, and the employees have clear responsibilities and are able to determine how they will fulfill those responsibilities.

Good communication is not only the key within an organization itself, but also with its clients. As communication will lead to an insight into the customers’ wants and needs. Being able to communicate well in both writing and speech will help you gain a competitive edge in the job market.

Time management

Last but not least is the ability to successfully manage time within the organization.

Effective time management allows employees to accomplish more within a shorter time period and lowers their stress levels. You can start with prioritizing which tasks are of importance and schedule them within your available time. Quickly, you will notice that you now have more energy and satisfaction due to knowing that the tasks you are doing are truly meaningful to you and the company.

So make sure to highlight these skills during your job search. As soft skills can’t be really measured, try to use examples of situations in which you utilized them.

Want to learn to cultivate your soft skills? Head to The Study Abroad Portal for more information.

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