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Oral: Preparing for Careers in Industry


Developing soft skills? What is the Private Sector looking for?
C. GALLUP (1), C. Gallup (1) (1) Dow AgroSciences, U.S.A.

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The agricultural industry diligently works to identify top talent across a broad range of disciplines and specific expertise for careers in crop protection. Despite this broad range of expertise, all hiring managers look for a shared core of demonstrated soft skills. Soft skills are character traits and interpersonal skills that characterize a person's relationships with other people in the workplace. “Demonstrated” is a key term: In a very short resume/CV and interview, how can you show that you can effectively lead workgroups, communicate with diverse audiences, use creativity to accomplish goals, or have the interpersonal skills to deal with conflict with a positive outcome? In this presentation, we will discuss what soft skills are, why they’re important to hiring managers, how they influence success in the workplace, and how to demonstrate that you have what it takes to succeed.