Okay, a couple of weeks ago we addressed the importance of hard skills in your job search.
In that blog post, we determined that there are two main types of skills in the employment marketplace: hard skills and soft skills. Since we already addressed the former, you’ve probably guessed that we’ll now set out sights on the latter.
Once again, let’s start with a definition. Soft skills refer to skills that involve the way you interact with other people, specifically your boss and co-workers. Soft skills are also referred to in other ways, one of which is “people skills,” which you’ve probably heard before.
Now that we have a working definition, what are examples of these skills? As you can see, the skills below are more intangible than hard skills. While that means they’re more difficult to measure quantitatively, that does NOT mean they’re less important or less valuable.
Below are examples of soft skills:
- Ability to work in a team
- Strong work ethic
- Ability to communicate well
- Positive attitude
- Excellent time management
- Ability to be flexible
- Ability to adapt
- Ability to accept constructive criticism
- Problem solving capabilities
You probably get the idea from these many examples. So—what is the importance of soft skills in your job search?
Simply put, they are the skills that could give you the edge over other candidates. After all, you’re not just trying to match your skills and experience to what is required in the job description. You’re also competing against other applicants.
For example, let’s say there are two applicants competing for the same position, and they have roughly the same skill set and experience (in other words, the same hard skills). However, one of the candidates has more in the way of soft skills than the other one.
What does that mean? It means the candidate with both hard and soft skills is the clear-cut winner. They’re the one that the company will want to hire.
That’s because it’s easier to train somebody to learn a hard skill. If somebody is impatient by nature or lacking in the ability to work in a team, those are skills that are much more difficult to teach.
So identify the soft skills in which you are proficient and emphasize them during your job search. They could ultimately mean the difference between success and failure in your search.
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