Soft skills are the non-technical, core skills which differentiate a good and a great engineer. As soft skills are not essential parts of the role they are often overlooked. Demonstrating strong soft skills and characteristics is crucial and can allow an interviewer or hiring manager to start to ascertain how you will fit into their organisation. Soft skills act as an insight into how you would interact with others, fit in a team, be managed and how you communicate.
For the modern-day Software Engineer soft skills are no longer simply “nice to have”, they’re essential. The industry is competitive, recruitment processes are tougher than ever before, and by developing your soft skills it could mean the difference between success and failure.
We’ve compiled a list of the top soft skills that will help you stand out from the crowd:
Problem solving –The ability of you as software engineer is to solve problems both routine and complex will build trust from managers in your ability, set you apart in comparison to and also distinguish you from rivals in a recruitment process. Critical thinking and the ability to understand assess and solve problems will set you apart.
Communication skills – the world of work has changed dramatically and the rise of remote working means excellent communication is more important than ever. Developing excellent communication skills, is much more than having good oral and written communication. You must consider your presentation skills, your active listening ability and ensure you are communicating with respect, confidence and clarity.
Teamwork – Whether you work in an office or remotely, chances are you’ll be working in a team. Systems, automation, and tools can add so much but people make the difference. How you interact with your team will be a determining factor in your success and progression.
As a Software Engineer you will know that skills like Java, .NET or Python can be developed, improved, and mastered as you’ll be working on these skills every day, and soft skills shouldn’t be any different. Developing core soft skills will help you to collaborate and connect with colleagues differently, solve the problems of clients more effectively and take your career prospects to the next level.
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