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Yes, your technical abilities matter a lot when you’re looking for a job, but how much thought have you given to your soft skills? While soft skills can’t be measured in the same way that “hard skills” (think: reading comprehension and math skills) can, but research has shown that many employers actually care even more about those soft skills like communication, adaptability, and problem solving.
With so many of us sheltering in place, video meetings, classes, appointments, and even social gatherings and worship have replaced face-to-face interactions. While these platforms (most frequently Zoom) are incredibly useful, prolonged time spent in front of the screen can have its problems. For example, it may leave us feeling empty and exhausted—physically and emotionally—especially because the brain has to work so much harder to process information. Sound familiar?
Job seeking is stressful under normal circumstances, but looking for a job during a global pandemic is even more so. It’s more important than ever to be aware of how hiring technology (think AI resume reviewers and online assessments) works and how to make it work for you so your application doesn’t get sorted into an automatic “no” pile.