If you are a developer looking to kick off or grow your career, you have probably thought a lot about your technical skills. But employers are looking for more than just a list of programming languages when they are hiring. More than ever before, hiring managers will also evaluate your soft skills and personal qualities when making hiring decisions.
Here are some of the qualities that are most important as a developer.
Developers work as members of a team and they need to be able to communicate effectively with their coworkers, leaders, stakeholders or even end–users who might not be technically inclined. Miscommunication can lead to problems on tech projects so it is very important to be able to listen effectively, speak clearly, write clearly and know when to ask questions.
It’s easy to be rigid in your work as a developer because programming requires accuracy and precision. However, no project ever goes 100 percent according to plan so it is important to adapt quickly to change and stay on track.
Desire to Learn
Developers must keep their skills and credentials updated but if you just do that bare minimum, you will still fall behind in such a fast-paced industry. Employers want developers who prioritize learning and actively seek out opportunities to grow.
Developers work as part of a group, and in order for that team to succeed, it must operate like a well-oiled machine. That’s why it’s so important to have the ability to lead when necessary and to follow when it’s required. Good team players are able to table their egos and put the goals of the team and the project ahead of themselves.
When you hold yourself accountable for your failures and misses as well as your successes, it makes you a better employee, coworker and teammate. When you fall short, own up to the mistake or failure immediately and then take action to correct it. Your bosses and coworkers will have much more respect for you if you face potentially unpleasant situations head-on and with humility.
Even if your job doesn’t allow you a lot of creative leeway, it is still important to be creative in your work and in your approach to problem–solving. Developers add value when they take new approaches to existing challenges. Creative thinking leads to innovation as well as cost savings and improved workflow on projects.