What Are Soft Skills

Job seekers equate to more than just their resumes, which outline unique educational and employment histories. However valuable these may be, there are a wide range of other qualities that recruiters look for in potential candidates. These are often referred to as “soft skills”. In today’s ever-competitive job market, the measure of an individual’s general career success is the ability to use these soft skills to adapt to any assignment.

It cannot be expressed adequately how important soft skills are and how they can position a candidate for success in the workplace. As a job seeker, it’s critical that you leverage soft skills for landing a new job. As an employer, it’s important that you help your employees develop these soft skills in their everyday tasks.

Top 4 Soft Skills at Work

Here is a rundown of some of the top soft skills that every employee needs, and why they are important in the workplaces of today.

Communication – The ability to communicate with others is a critical soft skill in workplaces today. Communication in the form of written materials, such as emails and letters, can support business objectives. Communication delivered to peers and customers in a verbal format can make or break a business. All job seekers can develop the soft skill of communication and become more valuable to employers by taking public speaking classes, honing their writing skills, and learning more about body language’s role in communication.

Leadership – It has been said that leaders are formed, not born. To launch yourself into a better career, developing leadership skills can be a ticket to success. Leaders and managers take responsibility of their personal growth and development, thus inspiring others to do the same. Leaders are good decision makers, know how to tactfully deal with others, and solve problems effectively.

Adaptability – Industries can change at any time, leaving employees scrambling to adjust to new ways of doing things and new skills to learn. The ability to adapt well to change is a soft skill that’s highly valuable to employers. When you can switch gears well, and adapt to the conditions and procedures of a workplace, your status rises to that of a go-to person. Learn to be an observer and a problem-solver when developing this soft skill.

Learning – Being able to grasp new skills, concepts and programs is a soft skill that can set any candidate apart. The ability to then translate these new ideas into meaningful work tasks and when handling projects is what can help grow teams and develop more efficient methods. As a career professional, it’s often up to you to seek out new opportunities to learn. As an employer, it’s critical that you provide learning opportunities to boost the skills of your teams.

While these are just a handful of the soft skills that can benefit the workplace, this is a good place to start. Take steps to improve these skills and the workplace can become a better, more productive environment.

Article courtesy of The Advance Group.