Sunday, June 9, 2019
In last week’s post, I wrote that a common theme – largely based upon industry feedback – at a recent conference I attended was the importance of having and teaching good communication skills to our students. Given their training, professors teaching law are particularly well-positioned to promote this objective. Today, I happened across a relatively recent article on Inc.com (via LinkedIn) reinforcing this theme, and wanted to share it with readers. In sum, Tommy Mello’s LinkedIn CEO says There’s 1 Professional Skill You Should Pick Up to Boost Your Resume (It Has Nothing to Do with Tech) shares that Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, argues that “soft skills, including oral communication, team-building, and leadership skills” are what employers are most looking for these days. Mello provides an interesting list of questions he asks “hiring managers to ask when conducting interviews,” which are designed to test: willingness to learn, commitment, communication, humility and self-awareness, and task management. It’s a quick, worthwhile read that I think is also both an opportunity for reflection on how the importance of communication skills are incorporated into our courses and a bit of a counterbalance to concerns about increasing job automation.