Specific job-related tasks require applicable knowledge, but soft skills are broader. For example, a bookkeeper needs to know how to use accounting software, and hiring one without those skills isn’t wise. However, soft skills are valuable competencies transferable to a variety of job titles.
An internet search of soft skills yields endless lists, however, most of these skills fall into a few main categories: Emotional Intelligence, Attitude, Creativity, Self-Management. Developing these skills can make you more appealing to a potential employer.
Emotional intelligence is a topic one can dive deeply into. Overall, however, it refers to one’s ability to recognize their own emotions as well as those in others. It includes regulating your emotions and demonstrating empathy.
In today’s pro-diversity workplace culture, self-awareness and showing empathy and understanding for others are important for leadership and teamwork. The best part of this skill is that emotional intelligence can be learned and developed.
Team spirit, collaboration, negotiation, and conflict resolution can all fall under the competency of attitude. Working with someone with a bad attitude or a rigid mindset is very difficult. Compromise is part of any relationship, whether professional or personal.
Having a positive attitude is hard to teach, so employers look for candidates who look for solutions. Gratitude practices, positive affirmations, and problem-solving can help you develop a positive attitude. Whenever you see a problem, brainstorm solutions and present those, rather than just complaining.
Innovation and new ideas come from creativity. It’s no wonder employers value this trait. However, when people think of creativity they often think of arts, but creativity is larger than that. Creativity comes from having a wide range of information to pull from – such as a focus group of diverse participants or looking at projects from different perspectives.
Creativity can be fostered in a variety of ways – find ways to be inspired and build a growth mindset and you will see creativity and innovation blossom.
Assertiveness, self-confidence, stress management, continuous education, critical thinking, work ethic, time management - these can all fall under self-management skills. Personal development shows a desire for self-improvement and isn’t taught by employers.
Self-management skills can be learned through taking specific courses, reading or listening to books, or attending personal development workshops.
The ultimate goal in developing soft skills is to be a more successful employee that employers want to hire and promote. Evaluate what skills you may need to develop and then look for ways to foster learning in those areas. Not only will these skills help you in the workplace, but they will help with all interpersonal relationships, which makes them priceless.
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