January 29 2021
Eight soft skills that can prove useful at work
How to get your dream job? Except for experience and industry know-how, soft skills are also appreciated not only at advertising agencies, but also IT companies.
Did you know…
Hard skills include all those skills that can be measured, i.e. technical knowledge, proficiency in foreign languages or computer software proficiency. Soft skills include competencies that result from personality, e.g. communicativeness or empathy.
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“Soft skills are very important and even though developing such skills means self-improvement, which takes a long time, this investment will be worth your while. According to LinkedIn, 57% of the managers surveyed admit that soft skills are more important to them than actual knowledge. Skills most sough-after by employers include: leadership skills, collaboration skills, communicativeness and time management” – says Marta Kamińska from Solutions.Rent.
The pandemic reality showed us that flexibility is the most important skill. Being able to adjust to volatile conditions is a great benefit for employers. After all, not only responsibilities may be transformed, but also the entire project. If you know how to adapt quickly – this is to your advantage.
Although this skill is very often associated with establishing good rapport quickly, this is not what it’s all about. The ability to formulate clear and precise messages is very important, not only from the employer’s point of view, but also from the point of vie of the team or potential customers. Formulating your thoughts in a way that everyone can understand is something your future boss will be looking for during an interview.
Your future boss won’t have the time necessary to explain your duties from A to Z. An onboarding process is clearly a must, along with a training package and team meetings. But nobody would lead you by the hand over the coming weeks and tell you what to do and when. This is why time management, the ability to prioritize tasks and manage yourself in time really counts.
When working full time, everybody must complete their within 8 hours. However only a few can actually say that they manage to complete all of their scheduled tasks in that time. Others do overtime. By know you probably know that proper time management and completing duties during your agreed working hours are good for you, allowing you to retain a good work-life balance.
Whether you’ve been hired to work in an independent position or as part of a team, the ability to work with others is important. If you are not the task-sharing kind of person – do not pretend to be one. Your lack of teamwork skills can be easily exposed.
Employers value emotional intelligence or the ability to identify and show emotions, but also to empathize with the emotional states of your coworkers. From the perspective of your boss, a person who can properly interpret the intentions of others will be great to work with customers.
For many employers an employee’s desire for self-development is a must on the competencies checklist. In certain professions it is necessary to constantly learn new things not to stay behind. Through new information and training you secure your alignment with your industry and can proudly represent your company.
Resistance to stress
Every job is stressful to a certain extent. Everyone makes mistakes. A person who can admit that they made a mistake and can handle stress rather than dwell on failure endlessly, is a valuable asset to the team. Resistance to stress increases work quality, but it also allows you not to loose your temper in crisis situations.
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