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SKILLS DEVELOPMENT / 14 December 2016
The Importance of Technical Skills (Part 2)
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Hannah Son
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Now that you know what soft skills are, it’s time to learn about hard skills (Still don’t know what they are? Brush up by reading part 1 of this three part series.)

What are technical skills?

Hard skills also referred to as technical (tech) skills are specific to an individual job, and can typically be found specifically listed out in the job posting.In other words, you either know it or you don’t. Black or white, yes or no. And in many cases, you’ll be tested on your hard skills during the interview process. Tech skills are often listed in a dedicated skills section on a traditional resume, or alongside soft skills in a functional or hybrid resume. Technical skills are a great way to boost an employer’s confidence in you. These skills allow you to have deeper-than-average knowledge of modern systems, and can make you infinitely more desirable among recruiters.

Examples of technical skills include:

Computer programming, web development, writing, B2B sales etc. Having a range of these skills makes you a well-rounded individual. If you are someone who has web development skills, chances are your resume will be favored over those who are lacking those tech skills. 

Like most technical skills, web development is one that will only increase in demand and continue to grow as the majority of Internet users access the Web via smartphones and/or tablets, "This momentum shows no signs of slowing down as the mobile market is in demand more than ever. Developers and responsive designers will be faced with making the mobile device experience both easy to use and aesthetically pleasing to deliver a top-notch customer experience,"says Laura McGarrity, vice president of digital marketing strategy with Mondo. As technical skills become more and more in demand, employers look for candidates that have the right mix of soft and technical skills.

Building tech skills:

Hard skills are defined rules. For example, coding is precise and you complete it in a certain way. One of the best things about hard skills is that they tend to be much easier to learn compared to soft skills. Technical skills are the tangible and practical skills that you can gain. With the right time and effort, they can be mastered through various channels. 

Industries offer classes and certifications that prove you meet a specific level of expertise in a given skill. Professionals in the information technology sector, for example, would seek out certifications offered by reputable authorities. A network administrator might want to become certified in network administration by Cisco. These certifications aren’t always free, but they are one of the best ways to gain and prove experience with a particular skill set. Certifications are one of the many ways to gain tech skills but not the only ones. Here is a list of the best ways to gain tech skills:

Companies value a person who can display a vast variety of technical skills. These skills are just as necessary as that degree you’ve been working so hard for. If you want to set yourself up for success, follow these strategies to master some new skills. 

Although this post is about tech skills- don’t forget about those soft skills. Not sure what those are or how to improve yours? Make sure to check out part 3 of our three part series where we discuss the importance of balancing both your soft and hard skills! 

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