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Soft Skills Matter
I've been told that I need to improve my soft skills. What does that mean, exactly?
Soft skills are also called people skills, or self-management skills. They are very popular with employers, and everyone needs them.
According to LinkedIn.com, the soft skills in highest demand from employers in 2019 include:
• Time management: the process of planning and exercising conscious control of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity, according to Wikipedia.com. It’s the ability and willingness to use your time efficiently, doing well what the employer is paying you to do.
• Adaptability: changing to meet the variable demands of the workplace, and the world at large, and to do it quickly, without complaint.
• Collaboration: working well with others to achieve the goals of the team or company. It involves creativity, assertiveness and understanding the bigger picture.
• Persuasion: convincing people to do what you want, for the good of all concerned.
• Creativity: the ability to see things from a different angle, to come up with new ideas and solutions to problems.
Daniel Bortz, at Monster.com, adds a few more: communication, problem solving, critical observation, conflict resolution and leadership.
There are three skills that every employer looks for in every candidate, no matter what the job title is: likeability, dependability, and the ability to do whatever the job is (coding, carpentry, phlebotomy, whatever.) If you can’t get along with your colleagues, or don’t show up on time as expected, it really doesn’t matter how good your job skills are. You won’t be there long enough to show them off.
Hopefully this information will give you some ideas to grow on. Either way, everyone needs soft skills, and everyone can improve them at any time.