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Many people overlook the importance of “soft skills” and I would like to encourage all of us to pay attention to the following skills that we should be using and demonstrating on a daily basis. Focusing on your personal qualities could make the difference between just being invited to an interview or landing the job.
Hard skills can be learned on a predictable path in school and from books. For example, accounting is a hard skill. You can take basic accounting and then advanced courses, then work in the field to get experience, take an exam, and get certified as a CPA. In contrast, there is no simple path to learn the soft skills that employers really want.
To communicate effectively you need the ability to express yourself clearly, to be a good listener and to show empathy and understanding of others. You must be able to use language and grammar correctly. Read an article daily to improve your language skills.
Commit to the Job
The principle qualities employers are seeking here are honesty, dependability and enthusiasm.
Many problems in the workplace are caused by people trying to pass the buck, or not taking responsibility for their own actions or inaction. Employers are looking for those who take pride in the quality of their work, evaluate it regularly and use their time wisely.
Excellent Interpersonal Skills
These skills show in the ability to work cooperatively with others, maintain a positive attitude and to accept constructive criticism without dispute.
Decisions need to be made in most jobs, and prioritization is a key ingredient in the workplace, which goes hand in hand with the ability to organize tasks. Also, the ability to contribute new ideas is part of the process.
In this rapidly changing world, the ability and willingness to adapt and be flexible is becoming a core workplace requirement.
Even if you are not in a supervisory position, the traits that are involved in leadership are desirable. These include demonstrated persistence, self motivation and by showing an effort to improve performance.
Grow in the job
By showing ambition, the job applicant lets the employer know they are willing to train and gain further skills.
Handle Personal Problems
Everyone at some time has pressures and stresses in their personal life. With the possible exception of major crisis, employers are looking for people who can cope with their personal lives without letting it interfere with their work.
*Wharton School of Business
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