Hard, Soft, and Spongy Skills
- Hard skills over soft skills;
- Soft skills over hard skills; or
- Adequately developed soft and hard skills.
The Case for SponginessThe corporate world concentrates heavily on the importance of soft skills, which makes the current “hard-versus-soft” descriptions insufficient. Soft skills are more often used to describe “interpersonal” or “people” skills than self-management skills, personal motivations, or individual adaptability. Individuals vary more than occupations, and soft skills encompass too many identifiers to effectively assess a candidate for employment. Instead, we should assess the whole and comprehensive picture of their skill sets. We should look at hard, quantifiable knowledge and soft, interpersonal understanding, as well as malleable, “spongy,” personal factors and abilities. A new skills organization could look something like this: Hard (technical) skills that can be assessed with standardized testing:
- Conflict resolution
- Emotional intelligence
- Learning agility
- Problem-solving & critical thinking
- Creativity & innovation
About Tammy Cohen
Tammy Cohen, an industry pioneer and expert in identity and employment screening, founded InfoMart 30 years ago. Deemed the “Queen of Screen,” she’s been a force behind industry-leading innovations. She was most recently the first-to-market with a fully compliant sanctions search, as well as a suite of identity services that modernizes talent onboarding. Tammy revolutionized the screening industry when she stepped into the field, developing the first client-facing application and a due diligence criminal search that has since become standard for all background screening companies. Cohen has received national awards and honors for her business and civic involvement, including Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 25 Women-Owned Firms in Atlanta, Enterprising Women Magazine’s Enterprising Women of the Year award, the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s Kathryn Woods Racial Justice Award, and a commendation in the 152nd Congressional Record. To learn more about Tammy, visit www.tammycohen.com.
InfoMart has been revolutionizing the global background and identity screening industry for 30 years, providing businesses the information they need to make informed hiring decisions. They develop innovative technology that modernizes talent onboarding, including a first-to-market biometric identity authentication application and a verified sanctions search. The WBENC-certified company is a founding member of the Professional Background Screening Association, and they have achieved PBSA accreditation in recognition of their consistent business practices and commitment to compliance with the FCRA. The company is dedicated to customer service, speed, and accuracy, and it has been recognized for its success, workplace culture, and corporate citizenship with over 45 industry awards. To Get the Whole Story on InfoMart, please visit www.InfoMart-USA.com, follow @InfoMartUSA, or call (770) 984-2727.