While your future may lead you in many directions, there are indispensable soft skills for any position you hold. In addition to you core skill set, these competencies prove to be beneficial in every work setting. Developing these soft skills, you are building a foundation for continued success. Each field will have varied technical requirements. But, these soft skills will support your career and develop you as a significant contributor to any company.
- Most positions have daily communication via meetings, conference calls, and email. Communication skills allow you to express yourself in a professional and meaningful way, while enabling you to receive feedback. The focus of communication is the sender, the message, and the receiver. By understanding how messages may be received, we are able to be better conveyors of information. Are you able to give and receive feedback? Are you able to communicate calmly in urgent situations? These are test of your ability to effectively communicate.
- A solid team is created when all the parts work together. From the bottom to the top of the ladder, a solid team produces results. Team work requires the ability to cooperate with others and understand the role each member plays. Are you able to work well within a team? By developing your ability to be a productive part of a team, you will be able to consistently maximize results within a group setting.
- Problem solving demonstrates your willingness to resolve issues as they arise. A good problem solver is resourceful. They seek to find answers independently or through brainstorming.
- Adaptability demonstrates a willingness to adjust in changing environments. An adaptive employee is more likely to be open to new ideas. Are you willing to take on additional tasks? Your ability to adapt to fluctuating workload illustrates a flexibility to meet the needs of business.
- Confidence exhibits to employers that you have solid knowledge. Not to be confused with arrogance, a confident employee is not afraid to bring productive ideas, or questions, to the team. A confident employee is positive that they have done their best work and it shows through their demeanor.
- The ability to effectively complete multiple tasks requires the ability to prioritize based on level of importance. Seemingly modest tasks, many people have difficulty when given a new task with an immediate deadline. The ability to multitask indicates to leadership that you are more than a one-trick-pony. Effective Multitasking and Prioritization is demonstrative of good time management and the ability to work.
- Work Ethic is how you behave when you think that no one is watching. Employers want to know that you won’t cut corners when you think that no one is paying attention. Employees with a good work ethic are hard to find. Many people are content attending work. Employers are looking for contributors! People that are willing to take the time to provide a great job. Establishing your willingness to go above and beyond to get the job done reveals a good work ethic.
Called “soft skills”, these proficiencies are integral to the success of any employee. Taking time to develop these abilities, you will be able to highlight your talents beyond the technical.