It Took a Pandemic to Prioritize Soft Skills

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For years, talent experts have been urging employers to weigh a candidate’s soft skills over their hard skills when hiring. After all, employees can learn many technical capabilities on the job, while things like collaboration or creativity are often more challenging to nurture.

However, until recently, there’s been little pressure to focus on soft skills. Plus, in yesteryear’s candidate-driven market, it was tough enough sourcing strong talent without adding another layer of requirements.

Fast-forward six months and the stakes couldn’t be higher. In what feels like no time at all, we’ve seen the lowest unemployment rate in recent history transform into one of the highest rates as the pandemic runs rampant through every facet of our economy.

The impact on recruiting has been tremendous. Most organizations are. . .

Source: ERE

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