May 5 2023
Five Soft Skills Worth Developing
Communication skills, good work organization or resilience to stress. Has anyone asked you about those during a job interview? According to LinkedIn – as many as 92% of recruiters believe the soft skills are as important as experience or industry expertise. That’s why it’s a good idea to invest in them. But… what are they exactly? You’ll find answers in the following article.
Soft skills are social skills, traits or abilities that make you behave in a particular way whether you are at work or simply interact with others. Soft skills largely depend on your personality, but that doesn’t mean they cannot be learned. All it takes is everyday practice to acquire these skills that are most sought after in the job market.
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Effective time management
What’s most important at work? What you will most often hear from managers – that it needs to be efficient. The key to success is the ability of self-management in time. Setting priorities, focusing on the most urgent tasks, the ability to delegate and… the ability not to procrastinate. All the above constitute good work organization. For your supervisor it means keeping the deadlines, delivering projects and better financial results.
Ability to work in a team
The events of the last couple years: the pandemic, economic crisis or shift towards remote work, made the cooperation in interdisciplinary teams common. It doesn’t matter if you work from the far side of the world. What matters is if you can cooperate with your team. Playing the common goal despite cultural and professional differences can be hard, but it’s beneficial for sure.
The ability to accurately express your thoughts and listen actively are some of the most valued soft skills nowadays. No one really wants to wonder what you actually wanted to say. Every listener expects clear and simple message, which will allow you all to plan your cooperation accordingly. No one likes to repeat themselves, so listen actively and don’t ask unnecessary questions concerning what has already been explained.
Adaptability and resilience to stress
You surely heard the saying: “Life’s only constant is change.” That’s why you always need to be flexible and ready for change. Great adaptability is something surely worth developing. Much like the resilience to stress. This shows your potential employer whether they can count on you when things get tough (and they definitely will).
“Employers more and more often expect candidates not only to be able to deal with stress, but to deal with it in a dynamically changing work environment. The perception of change as an opportunity to develop – this is what HR specialists want to hear during a job interview” says Marta Kamińska from Solutions.rent.
Task-based approach to issues
Issues will come up no matter where you work. Smaller and greater crises are an inescapable part of the reality of doing your job. What is important is to approach them in a rational way. Even the most complex issue, if discussed in detail and divided into smaller tasks, will seem less scary than in the beginning. For the employer, the ability to accept constructive criticism and to learn form it for the future is very important.
Now you know what soft skills you should focus on. Don’t sleep on it! They will make you a better employee and they will help you expose yourself to the new professional opportunities. Good luck!
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