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Recruiters insist on job seekers having these 10 most valued soft skills

Recruiters insist on job seekers having these 10 most valued soft skills

Communication is the most valued soft skill in the market.

The ability to communicate effectively (24%) is the #1 one most in-demand soft skill that is sought after in new recruits. This is following by the three skills of problem solving, time management, and critical thinking to round up the top four most in-demand soft skills. 

According to the study that was conducted by, the following are the 10 most important soft skills for new recruits:

The survey results are based on views of 1,015 US employees across 12 industries, and while the findings emerged from the US, HRO believes they are relevant to the skills development discussion in Asia as well.

Interestingly, perspectives differed by seniority - for C-level executives and senior management, creativity was consider the most essential skill. Only 16% of C-suite executives thought communication was one of the most important skills, with seven other skills ranking higher. Meanwhile, only 5% of entry-level employees thought creativity was an important soft skill.

Among women and men respondents, perceptions of skills varied slightly. Female employees deemed communication to be the most important soft skill among new recruits (26.1%), followed by problem-solving (21.5%) and time management (19.8%). 

Male employees, on the other hand, ranked problem-solving first (21.5%), followed by communication (21.2%) and critical thinking (19.8%).

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