Wondering what it takes to thrive in the workplace?
You’re the perfect job candidate. Your resume is chock full of keywords and metrics showing you know what you’re doing. Perhaps you’ve increased ROI by 40%, averaged seventy words-per-minute, or mastered a certain software program.
These are all hard skills, abilities and experiences you may frequently see as job requirements. Measurable skills you can test for. You’re probably thinking, “if hard skills exist, soft skills must exist too, right?”
You’re 100% correct. Soft skills are about working well with others in a workplace environment. Being able to deal with difficult co-workers or knowing how to cooperate with multiple team members to reach a deadline—all are considered soft skills.
Soft skills are important because you must have them to succeed. Hard skills can get you in the door, but they’re just a baseline—soft skills are what allow you to move up the ladder by collaborating with others.
The capability to not only express yourself in multiple ways, but also to listen and persuade others.
Being a Team Player
The capacity to work well with others through an understanding of the big picture.
Having a Strong Work Ethic
The ability to work hard and meet deadlines without sacrificing quality.
Being able and willing to change course on the fly as the situation calls for.
Having a Positive Attitude
Keep your conversation and attitude optimistic and light to inspire and help others.
In the following video, provided by Express Employment Professionals, here’s a look at the top soft skills employers look for.