People Skills More Important for Career Success than Technical Knowledge

BoostKids Study Gives Insight

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What percentage of someone's career success is attributed to that person's people skills, as opposed to his or her technical knowledge of the job?

Plymouth Meeting, PA (Vocus) August 10, 2010

Individuals with strong people skills are more likely to have career success than those with just technical knowledge, says a recent study by BoostKids.

Question:

Human Resource Managers were asked the question, “What percentage of someone’s career success is attributed to that person’s people skills, as opposed to his or her technical knowledge of the job?”

Result:

Human Resource Managers reported that 70 percent of a workers’ career success can be attributed to their people skills, versus 30 percent resulting from technical knowledge of the job.

The result helps to highlight that one’s ability to get along with others and become “like-able” are more important than just the technical knowledge of the job. “The good news is that people skills can be taught by working with kids while they are young,” says BoostKids founder, Rob Heller.

BoostKids is a program geared towards enhancing a child's self esteem, sense of self-worth, and self-confidence. It offers a formal, yet fun and interactive plan that teaches children some of life’s most important lessons, such as: meeting and greeting; learning how to listen and ask questions; how to make eye contact; resisting peer pressure; and respecting others.

Teaching Your Kids Life's Most Important Lessons is now available at http://www.amazon.com or http://www.boostkids.com/book.

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