5 skills top recruiters will seek in a professional post COVID-19

In today’s volatile world, where business operations are changing rapidly, the power of soft skills has emerged as one of the few constants. The current COVID-19 catastrophe has altered the way recruiters are selecting the right candidate

What do employers want?

Employers want candidates to demonstrate that they can adapt to changing environments and are accepting of novel ideas.

When we talk about the skills that recruiters seek while hiring, all prospective employers explicitly mention agility and a positive attitude in the candidate as requisites. A candidate having an optimistic outlook towards his work and a willingness to learn new ways to accomplish targets and goals is a key competency.

It is, therefore, indispensable for all the candidates to upskill themselves for the future. These pressing times call for more flexibility, excellent communication skills combined with high emotional intelligence and an optimistic approach.

Here are the 5 most essential soft skills, which can pave the path for everlasting success:

1. Adaptability

Several attributes of your personality can help deal with certain situations at work. The more you can acclimatize to changing conditions, the better employee you would become. Recruiters want candidates who can thrive in a culture of change and can continuously upgrade themselves in the way they work and think.

Adaptability leads to more productivity. Recruiters value candidates who showcase adaptability as a key element of their personality and professional outlook. They want people who can respond to change and new ways of working positively; who are passionate and confident to rise to the challenge of dealing with the unknown and prove that they can cope with the new and the unanticipated.

The ability to handle change with ease frees up the time one might spend stressing out when a new challenge presents itself. It makes you resourceful and a person with self-efficacy, who can turn adversity into opportunity.

2. Emotional Intelligence (EI)

A person’s capability to be conscious of his/her emotions and be able to control and express them as well as being familiar with the emotions of others defines their Emotional Intelligence (EI). You display high EI if you have empathy, integrity and can work well with others. Merely putting yourself into someone’s shoes is not EI but to act upon and understand others makes you emotionally intelligent.

Robotics, as of now, cannot compete with humans on EI. The future workplace is going to demand new ways of thinking, and human creativity and EI will lead the way. The imminent scenario would demand inventiveness to recognize the benefits of all the new things for the future — new products, ways of working and technologies.

3. Creativity

We have witnessed the role of creativity during this pandemic. Many enterprises have shifted to deliver their services in the healthcare domain. Mercedes F1 has started to gear up to produce state-of-the-art breathing aids.

Creativity has always been the first choice for recruiters when it comes to attributes. Experimenting, learning to unlearn and thinking beyond the obvious help in developing the creativity quotient in you. Organizations would require employees who can design, redesign and challenge the status quo and invent new verticals and ways of doing things.

4. Excellent Communication Skills

It refers to the one-on-one verbal language skills, writing skills, presentation skills, and in general the ability to express feelings, thoughts, opinions and suggestions clearly and professionally. A candidate with excellent communication skills has always been a coveted choice of all the recruiters.

Enhancing your communication skills can influence your career and take it to the next level of excellence. Your ability to communicate impacts efficiency, effectiveness and trustworthiness between you and your employer. It distinguishes you from others. It creates a brand YOU.


Recruiters want candidates who can thrive in a culture of change and can continuously upgrade themselves in the way they work and think

5. Learning Agility

Recruiters today rely more on your learning agility than intelligence. To flourish in today’s multifaceted business arena, we need to be agile, adaptable and open to new ways of doing things. In the current scenario, the business environment has become more dynamic and volatile than ever before. Business navigators can no longer bank upon the strategies that have worked in the past or even those that are working today.

A workforce with high learning agility can learn from unfamiliar experiences and then implement those lessons to prosper in the next new situation. It starts with exploring something new, something beyond imagination. It helps people to know what to do when conventional solutions do not work. It is unleashing your true potential to get the desired results. It is all about facing challenges with novel strategies.

So, gear up, take the plunge, inculcate all the desired skills and make a mark for yourself by converting adversities into opportunities. Success will surely be yours.

(The writer is Assistant Director, EDGE Career Services, UPES)

53 Comments

    1. You are simply amazing Sir. Although I and I believe most of us were already aware of these skills-to-be, but you always come up with new and much better ideas and meanings. When it seems that nothing could be more better, then there again comes up the amazing you.
      Thanks a lot for sharing this up Sir. I’m going to be interviewed for a renowned job in 10 days from now and here showed up this blog of yours. Nothing less than a bliss.

  1. A really informative article. I think if we try implementing what has been stated in this article it would help us all to prepare and handle the present situation.

  2. Thank you soo much was sharing this information, we are glad to go through this informative blog
    Wish to have more.
    Thanks and Regards
    Gurleen kaur sondhi

  3. So meticulously written sir, so informative and these points will give us an edge. Your blogs are always so inspiring.

  4. The article is very informative and Inspiring Sir. Trying to develop these abilities as early as possible.

  5. It is wonderfully expressed 😍Thank you for telling us about the 5most essential soft skills that we need to maintain so that we can be a coveted choice for all the recruiters.

  6. Enjoyed reading the article above , really explains everything in detail,the article is very interesting and effective.Thank you Sir

  7. Excellent points sir. As most of us are already working from home we can truly understand the importance of these skills. In future recruiters will focus on these skills. Very informative content.

  8. Very insightful, sir. It’s paramount that we understand the importance of these skills, especially in the current scenario. Thank you for sharing this with everyone.

  9. Very insightful blog, Sir. It is paramount to understand the importance of these skills, especially in the current scenario. Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone.

    1. Your best is yet to come. The above is small spell from your treasure of intellect. Very informative article.

  10. Very well stated sir about the importance of soft skills. EI and creativity are the two most important skills recruiters look for in a candidate. In these changing times, an organization would be looking for an adaptable and agile person, with stong positive attitude along with the ability to bring forth creative and innovative ideas.

  11. Very informative and useful information for the professionals ! Agility and Adaptibility is definitely the key.Very concise and to the point article !! Nailed it Sir .

  12. This blog is very informative sir. You have highlighted the importance of every skill in the professional world. This will surely beneficial for every student or professionals who are sitting for job interviews. I look forward to read more such articles by you sir.

  13. Quite significant ….Very well explained,Abhishek Sir.
    Keeping these points in mind and focussing on the goal , an aspirant can take the crown.

  14. Above article is excellent ,i found it very helpful & all points are very accurate .thank you sir for sharing your thoughts with us & for guiding us 😊 🙏

  15. Yet again, a wonderful article guiding the younger workforce how to be indispensable. It is such a pleasure to read your articles. Your choice of words and straight forward deliverance makes it stand out!! Looking forward to more..

    1. Amazing informative article!! thank you for sharing.
      You explain every single aspect in a simple way.

      The example of Mercedes F1 is perfect example of creativity and change enviroment and adaptability.

      These soft skills now becoming more and more important and necessary to adapt with the growing competitive world.

  16. One of the most informative blogs I have read so far. This information is really helpful for every student or professional who is going to appear for job interviews. Thank you sir for sharing your knowledge with us and for guiding us.

  17. The most precise way of explaining things in a short, crisp yet descriptive way, is your professional trait. You add a tinch of your wide knowledge to serve as the cherry on top. The implementation of these skills would prove beneficiary as a whole.
    Warm regards

  18. This well written article should prove to be a boon for the aspiring students. All the youngsters who are on the verge of appearing for interviews should read it for than once, and more importantly should follow the tips given. Well done Abhishek sir, keep inspiring us!!

  19. Dear Abhishek Sir,

    Much thanks for reiterating the value preposition around these aspects which most of times are looked upon as a tick in the box or merely get stored in the value chain for any org. If I go down the memory lane, you once told that it’s extremely tough and easy at the time to learn & un-learn. It’s just a matter of “Adaptability”. Reading through your piece has connected the dots so well for many. Un-learning only comes across when one makes a space for it and I must say that these times have taught us the importance of it in our professional journey which is to say “Sooner the Better” we adapt. Also I loved the way you interlinked each aspect of these skills especially “ Adaptability leads to more productivity”. Wanted to just add that with the rite set of ingredients and focus, it will also eventually lead to “Well- Being” and “Employee Experience”.

    You are and will always be an inspiration to others for them to climb up the ladder and help others to do the same !

  20. Your best is yet to come. The above is small spell from your treasure of intellect. Very informative article.

  21. The blog is really informative for students like me who are going to enter the industry next year. The nature of recruiting has drastically changed over the years and the above crucial information will definitely help people strategize for good placements.

  22. The relevance of the information provided is highly recommended in present times, where face to face interactions are too limited and people judge instead of understanding. Immensely viable keys notes backed by such an experienced professional, is what we require as a generation. Thank you sir for doing what do the best. Keep creating, keep sharing 😊

  23. Very relevant information. In the present times of cut throat competition, when many aspiring engineering/ management students come out of institutions; this article precisely touches the skills/ traits, recruiters seek. These attributes not only are must for grabbing the market attention, but are added assets required in professional life. One must focus on building and honing these skills for better avenues in professional arena.

    Well articulated article. To the point and pertinent!

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