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What else do 21st-century tech employers want from a programmer?

  Sarah Kiran     21 Dec 2018

Over recent years, there has been a high demand for tech professionals in Malaysia. As a result, more and more tech employers are looking into recruits. Sure, your technical experience plays an important role when it comes to searching for a new job in Malaysia. However, employers want candidates with the soft skills to succeed in their tech working environment. Just like any regular jobs, most tech employers are searching for tech professionals who are not only able to work well in teams but also, work well with other employees in the company. In other words, it is more important than ever that new employees are cross-disciplined. Whatever the specific job you are interviewing for, Malaysian recruiters search through resumes for a more comprehensive skill set and the broader experience in their applicants. Regardless of what kind of environment a tech role sits in, here are the five skill sets tech employers are looking in Malaysia: Positive attitude

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Having a positive attitude demonstrates your passions and ambitions, getting ready to give the best that you can. It shows that you are willing to work hard and be a real team player. In other words, a lot of tech companies in Malaysia are always looking for a motivated individual who is willing to improve his/her career. Communication

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Just because you're a tech guy that sits in front of a computer coding all day, doesn't mean you don't have to communicate? Like any other jobs out there, it is vital that you possess excellent communications skills. More importantly, if you listen well and articulate properly, your job will get easier. Willingness to learn

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Willingness to learn is showing that you’re happy to learn new things and what you need to know to do your job. It also means that when, for example, if your team leader or manager says that you need to work on an API to load data from the remote server, you don't need to get upset. Instead, take it calmly and work on it. At the end of the day, your team leader or manager is helping you develop your skill sets. You must possess the hunger to learn to succeed. Thinking skills (problem-solving and decision making)

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Using thinking skills means that if you see a problem, you don’t have to wait for someone else to fix it for you. Instead, take the initiative to fix the problem yourself. As a result, your team leader or manager will appreciate you more. Not to mention, this is the best way to assert your position as a trustworthy person. Resilience in the job situation

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Resilience is accepting that life does get hard at times and does change. It’s about being able to adapt, ask for help and keep going. Find your sense of purpose by maintaining a positive outlook during stressful situations. Let's face it; coding is hard work! Therefore, you should always take this opportunity to grow and challenge yourself to succeed. To sum up, tech skills may be in high demand in Malaysia but acquiring the job is harder than you think. You may offer an array of technical skills such as in-depth knowledge of various programming languages, but in the end, tech employers will always look for a more balanced employee who possesses soft skills too. Above all, employers would like to see that you have a solid understanding of the tech industry and more importantly, you have the ambition for a career in tech. Source: https://medium.com/swlh/over-recent-years-the-hunt-for-new-recruits-has-swiftly-expanded-beyond-technical-ability-92ba387b56dc https://employmentnorth.com/top-10-qualities-and-skills-employers-are-looking-for/ By the way if you are looking for IT jobs in Malaysia, try us out by signing up here!