WHAT ARE SOFT SKILLS?
YOU NEED BOTH HARD AND SOFT SKILLS
Having technical or hard skills is essential to getting and holding a job. Hard skills allow you to do the “technical stuff” your job demands. Soft skills allow you to do everything else that comes with a job.
- Manage yourself, your work, and your time
- Communicate effectively with your boss, team, and peers.
- Define and build your character, be trusted and remembered
Soft skills complete and define your hard skills which get you noticed and appreciated. This drives ADVANCEMENT and SUCCESS.
WHAT IF I HAVE FEW OR UNDEFINED HARD SKILLS?
There are many situations where the hard skills are learned on the job. If you are looking for your first job and do not have any particular set of hard skills, then improving your soft skills will make you much more employable. Having good soft skills will make you stand out, giving you the advantage when applying for jobs.
Soft Skills are also known as Emotional Intelligence. The technical definition is the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimism that characterize relationships with other people. A person with good soft skills has the ability, capacity, and skill to identify, assess, manage and control the emotions of their own self, of others, and of groups.
IN MORE PRACTICAL TERMS SOFT SKILLS ARE:
- Our body language and the way we hold ourselves
- Our mannerisms
- Our appearance and the way we dress
- The way we speak
- The way we listen
- The way we write
- The way others perceive our message
- Our social and professional etiquette and ethics
- Our rapport with people
- Our personal hygiene
- Our ability to lead or to follow as the situation demands
- Our ability to work in teams and groups
- The way we use our phones and other technologies
- Our enthusiasm and commitment
- The way we manage our time
- The way we define and solve problems
- The way we deal with stress and conflict
Soft skills are what we show the world of ourselves, they are everything about us that is not a technical or hard skill. People form their opinions and impressions of us mainly based on our soft skills or lack there of. Soft skills are the driving force behind the way we work. When these skills are honed great employees, leaders, and companies thrive.
HARD SKILLS WILL GET YOU THE INTERVIEW BUT SOFT SKILLS WILL GET YOU THE JOB.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE GOOD SOFT SKILLS?
You have good soft skills if you have the job you want and your career is advancing.
If not, be honest with yourself and take the time to learn how soft skills can help you. India’s economy is growing rapidly. A good job and career are yours to lose. Make sure your soft skills are working for you, not against you.
HOW DO SOFT SKILLS HELP YOU?
Good soft skills help you get better jobs, promotions, respect, and responsibility in the professional arena. Having good soft skills will make you stand out, giving you the advantage when applying for jobs and being chosen for promotions.
MASTERING SOFT SKILLS = CAREER ADVANCEMENT
Good soft skills allow individuals to practice confidence and self-empowerment, thus enabling achievement and advancement. Good Soft skills turn ordinary work into extraordinary work. Employees today need to be adaptable, and ready to make thoughtful decisions on their own and with others at any given point. They need to be good problems solvers and show they can make reliable and careful decisions.