What are soft skills?

Soft skills sometimes known as interpersonal skills, non cognitive skills or essential skills are nowadays very valuable for hiring managers to find out whether a job candidate is able to get along with others or to predict how successful he or her can be in the workplace. Soft skills relate to how you work and they present your ability to react adequately to every situation, which makes job candidates with soft skills very adaptable employees. In general, they reflect your;

  •       Personality
  •       Attitude
  •       Flexibility
  •       Motivation and
  •       Manners

The importance of these skills is obvious. Let’s take an example! Someone can be excellent with technical, job-specific skills, but they may not be successful in the workplace if they cannot manage their time or work within a team.

Soft skills are different from hard skills which are directly relevant to the job you are applying for. Hard skills are usually easier to measure, evaluate and are easier to learn. A hard skill for a hairdresser, for example, might be the ability to cut or style hair in order to change or maintain a person’s image. A soft skill would be the ability to communicate with co-workers and clients.

 

Soft skills include:

  •       Adaptability

Adaptability means to be able to adapt in the workplace and to change in order to become successful. Adaptability belongs to soft skill that is important, especially in managing unusual circumstances where there is not any explicit instruction.

  •       Communication

The knowledge of how to communicate with people is important whether they are clients, customers, colleagues, employers or vendors. Communication skills also involve nonverbal communication, persuasion, presentation, listening and negotiation skills.

  •       Positivity and motivation

The employers always seek for people who will bring a positive attitude to the office, especially in a fast-paced, high-stress work environment. Due to competitiveness, companies and countries either increase demand on having a healthy company culture in order to gain efficiency.

  •       Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking refers to the ability to analyse information objectively and to make a convenient judgment. It also involves another soft skill such as creativity, open-minded, communication, problem solving and others. Critical thinking abilities are among the most sought soft skills important and valued by employers almost in every industry and workplace. Employers want job candidates who can evaluate a situation using logical thought and offer the best solution.

  •       Creative thinking

It is characterized by the ability to get things done with a phenomenal sense of imagination and creativity.

  •       Work ethic 

Hire managers seek for the employee who sticks to his strict moral principles despite the uncertain circumstances.

 

Examples of other soft skills:

  •       Time management
  •       Organizational skills
  •       Team leadership
  •       Teamwork  
  •       Dependability
  •       Empathy
  •       And so on

However, in order to be as successful as possible, it is necessary to combine hard and soft skills. It is good to have specific knowledge and certificates, but it is also important to be able to utilize them. Therefore, do not focus only on one side, but try to develop all your talents that you have.

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