Technical Job Skills

What are 'Technical Job Skills'

Technical job skills, also referred to as hard skills, are specific talents and expertise an individual possesses, helping him perform a certain task or job; these skills differ from soft skills, which are character and personality traits. Technical skills are abilities an individual acquires through practice and learning. For example, an individual who possesses a particular proficiency or skill set, such as excellent computer coding skills, is a qualifying candidate for a computer or technology company.

BREAKING DOWN 'Technical Job Skills'

Resumes generally include a skill section. Technical skills are ideal to list there because they shine a light on abilities and strengths. It is, however, important to realize not all technical skills at an individual’s disposal should be listed. The list should be tailored to fit the job. This gives the individual a greater chance of getting hired.

Technical Skills vs. Soft Skills

On job applications, cover letters, resumes and in person during the interview process, employers seek out applicants with both hard and soft skills. Hard, or technical, skills are those abilities or skills sets that are teachable and can be quantified easily. Examples of hard skills include certificates or degrees in specific disciplines; mastery or fluidity in a foreign language; efficient operation of specific machinery; and the ability to generate computer programs.

Soft skills differ from hard skills in that they are subjective and can be incredibly difficult to quantify. Soft skills are inherent skills relating to an individual’s character or personality. These skills are sometimes referred to as “interpersonal skills” or “people skills.” Examples of soft skills include effective communication; working well with others; time management; the ability to be persuasive; flexibility; and patience.

What Employers Want

Technical job skills play a vital role in getting hired. Certain hard skills are necessary for a variety of jobs, and some positions require a specific set or combination of these skills. However, some of the more basic or intermediate types of technical skills are fairly easy for an employer to teach to a new employee. Soft skills, because they are essentially inherent, are extremely difficult to teach. In some cases, soft skills cannot be taught. For this reason, employers constantly look at potential employees with a bouquet of soft skills that allows them to complete tasks in a fast and efficient way. Because customer service/satisfaction is one of the most important aspects for any company or organization, soft skills are often considered of greater value.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Soft Skills

    The character traits and interpersonal skills that characterize ...
  2. Interpersonal Skills

    The skills used by a person to properly interact with others. ...
  3. Underemployment

    A measure of employment and labor utilization in the economy ...
  4. Technical Skills

    1. The knowledge and abilities needed to accomplish mathematical, ...
  5. Structural Unemployment

    A longer-lasting form of unemployment caused by fundamental shifts ...
  6. Resume

    A one to two page formal document that lists a job applicant's ...
Related Articles
  1. Investing

    What are Technical Skills?

    Technical skills are specialized knowledge and abilities used to perform a specific task. Technical skills are often associated with jobs in the high-tech industry, such as computer programming, ...
  2. Markets

    Most Valuable Career Skills in 2016

    Evaluating the mixture of technical skills and traditional "soft skills" that render career applicants competitive in the 2016 job market.
  3. Markets

    Employability, The Labor Force And The Economy

    Individuals do not have absolute control of their employability since employability is also affected by market and economic conditions.
  4. Professionals

    Top 7 Non-Financial Skills Required In Finance

    Top-notch math skills and financial knowledge are important to a financial professional. But they’re only the tip of the iceberg.
  5. Trading

    The Top 5 Skills An Investment Banker Needs

    What are the top skills investment bankers need to have? Are i-bankers born or made?
  6. Professionals

    Sell Your Skills, Not Your Degree

    Many job skills transfer between industries. Here’s how you can use skills you already have to start a new career.
  7. Trading

    5 Skills That Traders Need

    There are many routes to becoming a professional trader, but these five skills will help you get there.
  8. Professionals

    The Best Careers For Your Skills

    Thinking of a career change, but you're not sure where to start? Here is a breakdown of the best industries for your skills.
  9. Investing

    Understanding Interpersonal Skills

    Interpersonal skills are the social skills people use to interact effectively with other people. A lack of good interpersonal skills may lead to unsuccessful personal relationships, as well as ...
  10. Managing Wealth

    Common Interview Questions for Controllers

    Learn more about the job description of a financial controller and questions that may be asked of applicants applying for this position.
RELATED FAQS
  1. How have technical skills shifted over the past century in the workforce?

    Learn how technological and economic changes have shaped the American workforce during the past century and how hiring began ... Read Answer >>
  2. What are some causes of structural unemployment?

    Find out more about structural unemployment, what it is and examples of causes that can lead to structural unemployment in ... Read Answer >>
  3. What are some training & development techniques used to improve interpersonal skills?

    Improve your deep listening techniques to improve your interpersonal skills if you find that you are having trouble communicating ... Read Answer >>
  4. What is the relationship between specialization of labor and opportunity cost?

    Learn the basic meaning of specialization of labor and opportunity cost, how they are applied in economic theory and the ... Read Answer >>
  5. What is the best time of the day to trade?

    Unlike traditional investing, trading, or day trading, has a very short-term focus. Analysis may be broken down to days, ... Read Answer >>
  6. What is the difference between structural unemployment and cyclical unemployment?

    Learn more about unemployment in an economy, what structural and cyclical unemployment are, and the differences between these ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. European Union - EU

    A group of European countries that participates in the world economy as one economic unit and operates under one official ...
  2. Sell-Off

    The rapid selling of securities, such as stocks, bonds and commodities. The increase in supply leads to a decline in the ...
  3. Brazil, Russia, India And China - BRIC

    An acronym for the economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China combined. It has been speculated that by 2050 these four ...
  4. Brexit

    The Brexit, an abbreviation of "British exit" that mirrors the term Grexit, refers to the possibility of Britain's withdrawal ...
  5. Underweight

    1. A situation where a portfolio does not hold a sufficient amount of a particular security when compared to the security's ...
  6. Russell 3000 Index

    A market capitalization weighted equity index maintained by the Russell Investment Group that seeks to be a benchmark of ...
Trading Center