On Tuesday December 20th, 2022, I held a talk about How to get a job as a developer with soft skills when tech skills are weak.
It was for the last episode this year on The Monthly Dev event hosted by daily.dev.
Be Smart Using GitHub
The best way to demonstrate your soft skills, in my opinion, is to use GitHub to its fullest extent.
GitHub already offers many of the hard skills I mentioned in previous articles, like Scrum and project management, Git version control.
At the same time it offers a pretty easy way to combine these skills with soft skills like time management, problem solving or communication skills.
List of all skills combined
- Project Management
- Agile Methodologies
- Git Version Control
- Time Management
- Critical Thinking
- Interpersonal Skills
All of these terms will catch the recruiter's eye just by reading through your resume.
My advice to anyone who is aware of their lack of programming skills:
Focus on other technical skills that are much easier to learn!
Of course, you don't need to focus on GitHub if you are already using GitLab or some other software. I'm sure all my tips can be implemented with other software as well.
In the next article we are going to talk about a good combination of soft skills and technical skills and how you can use them to be convincing in an interview.
The good thing is that no matter what project you present, whether it's a simple project or one with more complex code, the soft skills remain the same: how you handle time management, problem solving and critical thinking, communication skills, interpersonal skills, and more.
This gives you the opportunity to talk a lot about soft skills during the interview to show how you approach certain things, how you handle different situations, and more.
Stay tuned for the next part.
Latest comments (5)
Nice some fantastic tips are shared here.
For me this is the best valued one that can increase my own value too.
Employers value soft skills such as communication, problem-solving, teamwork, and leadership, which are often just as important as technical skills. Coding skills can be learned and improved at any time, but soft skills are often more difficult to teach and more valuable in any career.
Judging from the comments you've made so far on DEV it looks like the skill you have learned is to use an AI to write them for you. Well done! 🤣
I wouldn’t agree with that (with pain in my soft heart 😄). Unfortunately soft skills are hardly ever pursued by employers in my experience. In most cases cultural interviews are just kinda sanity checks. So hard skills are valued much more by business and that’s fair as they need to deliver product first that is code it out as fast as possible. The problem is that lack of soft skills in some teams can lead to delivery failures very often as well. The larger the team the worse.