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Energy Managers: ‘Soft Skills’ Needed to Land a Job

November 7, 2013 By Matthew Cohen

Matthew Cohen

The energy efficiency industry in recent years has become increasingly relevant to building owners, real estate firms, government officials, educators and business owners to decrease the overwhelming cost of energy consumption. But having the right talent in place is crucial to communicate the benefits of energy efficiency solutions to the end-user who more often then not are not versed in energy efficiency technology.

Effective communication is just one of the many “soft skills” now being required by hiring managers in the energy industry. In fact, finding the right talent today means finding professionals who have the right set of soft skills to fit the company culture, be successful on the job, and build bridges with colleagues, customers and vendors. While energy professionals will still need to be thoroughly qualified to do the job at hand, the range of soft skills they possess is just as important.

Below are 7 other soft skills that energy management employers are currently seeking:

1)    Flexible & Adaptable. I can’t say enough about this soft skill. In the energy management space where things are ever-changing, energy pros need the ability to adapt to new situations and changes. Companies want to know that their people are open to new ideas, can embrace change, and because of that, come through in a pinch.

2) Confidence in Ability to Improve Energy IndustryEmployers want their people to love the industry and believe in their own abilities to manage energy more efficiently. Enthusiasm will shine through and be catchy.

3)    Time Management Abilities:  Multi-tasking and the ability to prioritize tasks are a must. Companies want people who are well-organized and use their time wisely when on the job.

4)    Problem-Solving Skills: Problem solving often involves decision-making and decision-making skills are especially important when it comes to management and leadership roles.  Employers are mostly likely to hire and promote professionals who demonstrate the ability to solve problems creatively and effectively.

5)    Team Player: Many companies place emphasis on the ability to work well in group settings. Employers look at team player skills to assess who will be formidable in future leadership roles.

6)    Strong Work Ethic: Employers want professionals who are motivated and dedicated enough to do what it takes to get the job done.  Along with that, they expect people to give their very best work every day.

7)    Positive Attitude: Companies like optimistic and upbeat people. They like to have positive vibes flowing at their companies as it inspires others to be positive as well.

Like never before, companies place high value and put much emphasis on soft skills because they realize just how linked they are to job performance and career success.

Matthew Cohen is energy practice leader at Direct Recruiters, Inc. Since 1983, Direct Recruiters, Inc. has been successfully providing employment, consulting and business solutions for small and mid-sized firms to Fortune 500 companies.  For more information about the DRI Energy Technology Practice Area, contact Matthew Cohen at (440) 996-0860 / fax (440) 287-2388/ e-mail mcohen@directrecruiters.com /www.directrecruiters.com.



One comment on “Energy Managers: ‘Soft Skills’ Needed to Land a Job

  1. Absolutely, Matthew! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m trained and formally educated as a chemical engineer with an MBA with over 25 years of management experience. More recently, I have pursued curriculum with a focus on mindfulness and human consciousness. The development of emotional intelligence has had significant impact on my results and the results of the team of people I work with. I recommend a variety of works on the subject including the Pathways Institute curriculum, as well as books by Margaret Wheatley.

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