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?
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.
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.