7 ways to find unicorn talent with the right technical and soft skills.

7 ways to find unicorn talent with the right technical and soft skills.

Industry: Finance, marketing, human resources, tech, sales, consulting, operations
Roleshare: Talent, Skills

Talent development is a critical issue for companies today. The pool of qualified job applicants is continuously diminishing, making it more difficult to find individuals with the ideal skill set. Furthermore, when firms do discover prospective hires that have the necessary technical skills, there's no telling if they will also posses other qualities sought after by employers such as excellent communication or a strong work ethic. Consequently, this presents challenges for businesses that are looking to hire employees with specific expertise.

Given that the talent pool is continuously shrinking and the half-life of skills is shortening, how can companies find unicorn talent with both the right technical and soft skills?

1. Consider individuals from non-traditional backgrounds: There are many hidden gems among those who don't have the traditional pedigree that companies typically look for. These individuals may have the perfect mix of skills and experience, but are often overlooked because they don't have the "right" education or come from the "right" companies.

2. Prioritize candidates with a strong will to learn: In today's rapidly changing world, it's more important than ever to have employees who are willing and able to learn new things. Look for candidates who have a demonstrated track record of learning new skills and adapting to change.

3. Seek out those with excellent communication skills: Being able to effectively communicate is crucial in today's workplace. Look for candidates who have strong written and verbal communication skills.

4. Hire for potential rather than exact required experience: It's often more important to hire someone with the potential to excel in a role rather than someone who has the exact required experience. Look for candidates who have the right mix of qualities, even if they don't have the specific experience you're looking for.

5. Train employees on the specific skills you need: Don't assume that just because someone has the right skills on paper that they'll be able to do the job. Provide training on the specific skills that are required for the job.

6. Use technology to screen for applicants with the right skills: There are a number of online tools that can help you identify candidates with the right skills for the job. Use these tools to screen applicants and make the hiring process more efficient.

7. Consider job sharing to get the right mix of technical and soft skills for the job: Job sharing is a great way to get the best of both worlds. By sharing a job between two employees, you can get the perfect mix of skills for the job.

To prepare for the future we can't hire and train talent and construct jobs the way we did in the past. With the right strategies in place, companies can find and develop the talent they need to stay ahead of the curve.

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