Soft Skills

kills!  Skills!  Skills!  Just as important and valuable as learning a specific trade (such as in manufacturing or healthcare), one must also be able to exude professional – or “soft” – skills.

If an employer is lucky enough to find someone with suitable experience or appropriate education to meet their open positions, oftentimes the job seeker still may not get hired or, worse yet, get let go because of their lack of soft skills.  So what are these?

oft skills are personal attributes that enhance an individual’s interactions, job performance, and career prospects.  Today’s team-based workplace requires individuals who are easy to work with AND who have sufficient people skills and relationship building abilities to be effective.

The top soft skills that employers value are listed here:

  • Good verbal AND written communication skills – don’t use “text speak” when writing an email!
  • Critical thinking/problem solving – look for the answer or solution before involving everyone else.
  • A strong work ethic – show up for work and be on time!
  • A positive attitude – don’t bring personal problems into the workplace….“fake it until you make it!”
  • Self-confidence – this is always a winner!
  • Leadership/influencing abilities – lead by example!
  • Time management abilities – learn how to prioritize, and complete projects on time.
  • Works well under pressure – refer to time management (and breathe).
  • Creativity/innovative/resourceful – share ideas, offer new solutions, look for improvements in everything.
  • Be a team player – always refer to your organization as a whole (“we” made this).
  • Maintain flexibility and adaptability – a big one! Things don’t always go as planned but the trick to being successful is being able to roll with the punches.  And patience.  Never lose patience!
  • Ability to accept and learn from criticism – this can be constructive, so don’t take everything personally.
The average person will have at least five to seven different careers in their lifetime, and many of the skills can be transferable.  When employers consider job candidates, not only do they look at academic credentials and past experience, they are also looking for people who can function effectively in the workplace.  Additionally, most employers will look at your social media sites, so govern yourself accordingly online, too.  With the advancement of technology, your behaviors and conduct are available for everyone to see.

Transferrable skills are EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS!  Having these will make the difference between getting the job or not, getting the raise or not, and getting the promotion or not.



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Marion County is full of opportunity for those not interested in a four year degree, contact us to find out more.
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