Technology is one of the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy. In fact, there’s a talent shortage in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, which means that of the predicted 1.4 million STEM jobs that will be available by 2020, there will be a shortage of talent for about 1 million positions — or 70%.
with the competition for employees heating up, many employers are looking outside Silicon Valley for promising talent. American job seekers aren’t just competing with those residing in major tech hubs; they’re competing against any qualified job applicant with a high-speed Internet connection who’s willing to work remotely.
Hiring managers aren’t just looking at your technical skills — and they aren’t hiring specifically for their company's niche, whether that’s ad tech or fashion. They’re looking at the characteristics and the other "soft skills" that make you who you are.
Here are eight traits that will help set you apart from your peers.