Until very recently technical ability and experience were
the only things that companies looked for when hiring new people. However,
research has shown the importance of soft skills on job performance and more
importantly the bottom line. Contrary to popular belief, being an expert in
your field does not guarantee you regular employment. Companies are now
demanding more than just job expertise, which means you must also fine-tune
your soft skills.
Why are soft skills important?
In any company, big or small success depends largely on the ability of
staff to collaborate on projects in order to achieve the necessary milestone
for reaching objectives. The reality is that as soon as people have to work
together there is sure to be a difference of opinion or some form of conflict.
This is not necessarily a bad thing as different ideas could help to create
better solutions, if these individuals have the necessary soft skills to manage
this. If not, it will only result in wasted time, strained work relationships,
and ultimately failure of the project.
Important soft skills to develop:
The focus has shifted for hiring managers to look for more than just
competency areas as they’ve realised that culture fit are just as important as
the expertise required to succeed at a job. Developing your soft skills could
be the key to landing your next job opportunity.
1. Communication skills:
A topic that has been discussed many time and although this seems obvious, the
ability to communicate clearly both in written and verbal form is vital for any
job. You need to be able to get your message across to a variety of people and
to ensure there is a clear understanding of what you require from the other
2. Growth mind-set
In order to excel in any career this is an important skill to develop. It will
allow you to face difficult situations and challenges as learning
opportunities. It is important to continue to grow your experience and people
skills as you move upwards in your career.
The ability to understand the unspoken cues and underlying nuances of other
people’s communication and action is a valuable skill to develop. We often
focus so much on our own messages and what we want to communicate to others
that we don’t watch and try and understand where other individuals are coming
from. If you misinterpret other’s intention, you can easily encounter
difficulties dealing with people and not even know why.
4. Cool headedness:
Staying calm in challenging situations especially when it comes to conflict
will serve you well in your career. It’s important to keep your emotions in
check in any situation and to approach problems with an open mind.
5. Pro-active problem solving:
Any work situation requires a certain amount of problem solving. Being
pro-active and offering solutions will win you favour not only with your boss
but also with your colleagues.
6. Negotiation skills:
The key to good negotiations is to create a 'win-win' outcome where both sides
feel they have gained something positive through the process and both sides
feel their point of view has been considered. Negotiation is essential in your
career but also in your daily lives.
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