Top 3 Soft Skills
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Here at KLC Recruitment, we understand the benefits of candidates and our own employees having soft skills that are just as strong as their specified hard skills within their field. Soft skills are defined as personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people and are the interpersonal attributes you need to succeed in the workplace. They are how you work with and relate to others—in other words, people skills.
Below are my top three soft skills which you can use to begin reflecting on your strengths and the areas you might be able to develop. Knowing your own capabilities can help you as a potential candidate not only in job interviews, but also overall in the workplace.
Effective communication is not only a skill that is helpful throughout interview processes, and your career overall, it is important for our every day lives. The ability to communicate involves knowing how you should speak to others in different situations or settings and how to communicate with people of all different backgrounds and levels. Using communication skills to engage with others in an honest and constructive way is effective for verbal, non-verbal and written communication. Employers want employees who are able to interact effectively with others and possessing strong communication skills is a huge asset.
2. Active Listening
Tying in with communication skills, you need to be a good and active listener. Employers look for employees who can not only communicate their own ideas, but who can also listen intently to others and collaborate as a team. Being an active listener means that you give your full attention to what someone is saying to us, whether it is in person or in an email. When in conversation, you can show you are actively listening through body language such as eye contact, acknowledging the person when they ask a question or nodding your head.
An organisations success is rarely dependent on just one person doing all of the work and pulling the strings by themselves, it is achieved through a team working together towards a common goal. Teamwork not only assisting in achieving success, but it also promotes a friendly workplace and allows employees to get to know one another better. As you are spending up to thirty-eight hours a week with your team you want to ensure you all get along and can work together which will in turn strengthen the quality of work. Some skills related to teamwork also include the ability to negotiate with others, adaptability, and flexibility.
No matter what stage of your career you are at, it important to work on both your technical and soft consistently and remember that employer’s value soft skills as they not are not only a reflection of your skills and attitude, but highlight what makes you, you.
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