26 May

This is a challenging time to be a job-seeker especially with our high unemployment rate and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic restrictions to trade adding to the already weak job market. 

Job losses are many, and there are a lot of experienced people taking lower-level jobs to try and get by. While it is important to distinguish yourself from other experienced job seekers, it is just as important to equip yourself with the necessary soft skills to make sure you stand out from the crowd.

What Are Soft Skills?

Soft skills are the skills that enable you to fit in at a workplace. They include your personality, attitude, flexibility, motivation, and manners.

Why soft skills are important

Regardless of the job you perform or the industry you work in, you will interact with other people at some level. You will also be required to perform a specified amount of work or achieve certain deliverables every day. Soft skills are important to ensure you work well with your colleagues while completing tasks with little to no issues.

Soft Skills are so important that they are often the reason employers decide whether to keep or promote an employee.

Examples of soft skills necessary in the workplace. 

  • Interpersonal skills and communication – Communication skills are important in almost every job. You will likely need to communicate with people on the job, whether they are clients, customers, colleagues, employers, or vendors. You will also need to be able to speak clearly and politely with people in person, by phone, and in writing.
  • Leadership – While not every job opening is a leadership role, most employers will want to know that you have the ability to make decisions when push comes to shove, and can manage situations and people
  • Positive Attitude – Employers are always seeking people who will bring a positive attitude to the office. They want employees who will be friendly to others, eager to work, and generally a pleasure to be around
  • Teamwork – Employers look for job candidates who can work well with others. Whether you will be doing a lot of team projects or simply attending a few departmental meetings, you need to be able to work effectively with the people around you
  • Work Ethic – Employers look for job candidates with a strong work ethic. Such people come to work on time, complete tasks in a timely manner, and stay both focused and organized. They are able to budget their time and complete their work thoroughly. While they can work independently, people with a strong work ethic can also follow instructions

Developing your soft skills is about more than just having something to put on your CV. These are about developing a successful career, no matter what your job description is. By learning to work well with your colleagues, manage your own time and productivity well, and paying attention to how you come across in the work environment, you will have a solid foundation on which to build your career.

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