ASSAIGNMENT Employer prefer soft skills rather than Technical skills

ASSAIGNMENT - ASSIGNMENT ON Employers definition of skill is changing and the term now increasingly refers to soft skills rather than technical

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ASSIGNMENT ON: “Employer’s definition of skill is changing and the term now increasingly refers to soft skills rather than technical ones. what implications does this change have for employees.” Module: Human Resource Management Sheraz Muhammad Khan BBA-IT (3rd Semester) Roll No. 36 Submitted To: Mr. Syed Zulkifal Dated: March 24, 2008 Total Words: 1860 Institute of Management Sciences Peshawar 1
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Table of Contents Title Page No. Introduction 01 The Paradox of Soft skills versus Teechnical skills 01 The importance of soft skills to employers 01 Measuring soft skills in the recruitment process 02 Employers focus on Soft Skills rather than technical skills 03 Implications For Employees 04 References 05 2
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Introduction: Traditionally, the word “skill” has been associated with a range of technical, job-specific abilities which require training and instruction for a worker to become proficient or skilled within a particular job reference. In latter times, there has been growing interest in a range of abilities which are variously referred to as ‘generic’, ‘personal’, ‘behavioral’ or ‘soft’. These skills relate to a person’s ability to operate in the workplace, either alone or with others. The need for these types of skills is not new, but contemporary changes in the organisation of work, the focus on team-working, and the growth in the services sector have increased their mportance and they are now emerging as a critical feature for organisational success. Other skills, which at times overlap, yet are distinguishable from soft skills in their use, are basic skills, core skills, and key skills.1 The Paradox of Soft skills versus Teechnical skills: Technical skills are defined as "those skills acquired through training and education or learned on the job and are specific to each work setting," while soft skills are defined as "the cluster of personality traits, social graces, language skills, friendliness, and optimism that mark each one of us to varying degrees" (38). A Stanford Research Institute and Carnegie Melon Foundation study found that 75 percent of long term job success depends on soft skills and only 25 percent on technical knowledge (38). As for initial hiring, research using data gathered from job advertisements offers evidence that technical skills are predominantly required for IS positions. Yet more traditional empirical research using data gathered from surveys on IS (Information System) career development and job skills has offered conflicting evidence, often emphasizing the importance of soft skills. In an attempt to understand the apparent contradiction in these findings, behavioral decision theory was searched for relevancy to the recruiting process and to build a tentative model of the use of job skills in recruiting and in hiring. This model may have explanatory power in reconciling the differences in prior research findings by specifically examining where in the hiring process the two different types of skills are considered. . The importance of soft skills to employers:
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ASSAIGNMENT - ASSIGNMENT ON Employers definition of skill is changing and the term now increasingly refers to soft skills rather than technical

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