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For what kind of skills are the recruiters looking for?

– For what kind of skills are the recruiters looking for?


For what kind of skills are the recruiters looking for?


The list of skills that recruiters look for in the recruitment process changed in the past years.


The technologies and businesses are changing, the customer behaviors are evolving and so is the labor market. Those changes are followed by the transformation of trends in the recruitment process.


The current recruitment processes are dated, recruiters and employers are not just looking for a specific list of obtained diplomas or a list of previous positions. Rather, skills such as group work, produce meaningful results or great work are taken into account.


The shifting expectations of business needs require changes in the valuation of the skills of the future employee.



So far the determinants of the potential employee’s value were your degree, GPA (Grade Point Average), school rank or flashy job experience. Those were the markers that decided how attractive your candidature for the potential employee is. 


But these indicators don’t say much about how the person handles conflict situations, how good is she/he at communication or what is her/his communication style. Basically these numbers don’t say much about a person. And most importantly (from the employer’s view) they don’t answer the question “Can this person do this work or perform that task successfully?”


As reported by the Financial Times, this is one of the reasons, why a new era started where recruiters of corporate businesses are looking for new information.



There are many terms to describe the skills (for ex. soft skills, abilities, competences, etc.); another proposed distinction could be Superskills and Microskills.




are described as the “components” that make up the unique “operating system” of a person. These include, for example, problem-solving, critical thinking, curiosity, creativity, listening, communication, etc.



are the “apps” that the person “runs” (or could run) on their unique superskills “operating system”. These are the things a person can do really well (or learn to do), given their unique superskills footprint. Microskills can include graphic design, software development, school teaching, journalistic writing, etc.


To learn more about the Skills Economy check out THIS article.