Ever caught yourself wondering what soft skills are?
Have you drawn a blank at any point in time when asked this question? What are soft skills anyway??
They are natural abilities that usually can’t be taught in a classroom or managed quantitatively. They are often, but not always, “people” skills.
Why is it important??
In today’s job market, the deciding factor for employers often comes down to a battle between the hard vs. soft skills of different candidates. A survey presented by SMB World found that nearly 72% of CEOs believe that soft skills are more important to the success of their business than hard skills.
That being said, your soft skills and hard skills should complement each other to make you the total package an employer wants.
Here are a couple of the underrated but important skills that we can think of…
Setting up a process to run an office needs meticulous planning and a keen eye for the smallest of details. It is the backbone of any given workspace. For example filing, organised workspaces, maintaining records alphabetically etc
Being able to meet deadlines is considered a soft skill. A vital point that ought to be added in your resume!!
To be able to foresee a project taking shape based on the steps taken to shape up an idea/concept and ensure a smooth implementation is considered a significant skill.
Adaptability and flexibility are related skills and are about embracing and rolling with change. They are particularly important when working in fast-paced or constantly changing work environments such as public relations, event management, nursing, and advertising.
Work ethic or integrity is a soft skill that proves your belief in the importance of work and its ability to strengthen your character. Demonstrating work ethic should be important in every career, but is vital for first responders, teachers, and nurses.
Clear, on-point communication is the most basic and yet a great asset at workplaces. One has to ensure clarity, respect and confidence in their manner of putting forth ideas.
These are some pointers that can help make a difference in your resume…
So, what soft skills are you known for?