A study of soft skills for IT workers in recruitment advertising

by Tannahill, Glenda K., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2007, 146 pages; 3291460

Abstract:

Previous research has shown that employers prefer Information Technology (IT) workers to possess soft skills. This quantitative study examined a sample population of 1,186 IT job postings at Careerbuilder.com, Hotjobs.com, Monster.com and Dice.com over a 30 day period to evaluate whether employers are stating a preference for soft skills during IT recruitment advertising. Advertisements where randomly examined and data was collected to determine if there are any relationships between company location, experience level required, education level required, job category, and if the position is management or non-management. The hypothesis was that: Employers are not stating a preference for soft skills during the recruitment phase. The hypothesis was found to be true. Relationships between management postings, education levels, and experience levels and requests for soft skills were also discovered.

AdviserClifford Butler
SchoolCAPELLA UNIVERSITY
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsMarketing; Management; Computer science
Publication Number3291460

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