Soft Skills Application in the Workplace: Paramount For Corporate Success

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Soft skills are important as you advance in your career

Let’s start with a few definitions so we are all working from the same understanding.

Skills are anything that you add to your work to create value, and they come in two forms, hard and soft.

Hard skills are tangible things you can do, like edit video, run and audio board, host a show, play an instrument. All hard skills. To get technical, hard skills can be accomplished with or without the interaction and help of other people.

Soft skills inherently involve other people and don’t require a tangible asset to be mastered. They are your ability to accomplish certain challenges, or present a certain attitude, confidence or leadership.

Here’s how this breaks down:

  • The ability to recognize a problem that troubles an end user = soft skill
  • Finding a solution to the problem =soft skill
  • Building the fix = hard skill
  • Persuading the user to follow the fix = soft skill

(See where we are going here? Test is later this week)

Simply put, soft skills take us from what we know to how we implement it.

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There has been a drastic shift in how employers perceive soft skills. When an employee moves up and forth in his career, soft skills become more predictive and effective in determining growth and consistency.

Humans in every interaction are inherently assessing one another on two key points: first on warmth, what are your intentions towards me? Second on competence, what are your abilities to carry out those intentions?

Following is a brief study on how to excel in your career making use of the basic soft skills.

Communication Skills: these are consistently ranked at the top of the list to select potential employees. If you posses the art of communicating ideas to others then you stand an excellent chance of succeeding at your work place.

‘Think quick, talk smart’ is the fundamental hymn of effective interpersonal communication skills.

Good communication skills are important for everyone, articulate yourself clearly in a way that can be connected well with people around. You need skills for both, communicating information to others and receiving it from others. If your employer and you keep a good communication among each other you have a fine chance of getting a job or maybe, a promotion.

Team Work: Working as a team is critical to workplace success.

When everyone works together as a team the business accomplishes more. Employers look for people who work well with others and can advance taking their team into consideration. Taking collective responsibility for both triumph and fiasco is the major facet of a team and its team work.

Networking: another important aspect to a rising career is networking and socializing.

Collaborating not only with team members but with your boss or manager and clients too formulates the entire idea of this interpersonal skill set. When you have the ability to take an idea to reality with the help of inputs from your peers, you multiply your chances of promotion. Collaborating with others help you showcase your team work, leadership qualities and communication skills by spreading a coherent message across groups.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: No matter where you work, there will be problems needed to be solved every day.

Employers look for people who can assess problems, find solutions and can extensively think on their feet. Ideal employees can think and act critically and creatively, share thoughts and opinions, use good judgement and make decisions. They do it on their own or as a part of a team.

People who use knowledge and creativity to solve problems are the real game changers in any organization.

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Mastering how to use this is a hard skill, having self-confidence and leadership is a soft skill. Both are important to career success.

Positive Attitude And Enthusiasm: these skills make a lot of difference while applying for a job or during your tenure in a particular job.

Dressing appropriately, being on time, making good eye contact during professional conversations are some salient features of a dynamic employee. Being positive and upbeat while talking about your plans and decisions signify a productive attitude and such an attitude eventually is very crucial for corporate excellence.

A passionate approach at your workplace shows the employer that you are willing to do what it takes to get the job done.

Leadership Skills: The ability to lead others and show them the way by utilizing your past experience. Employers want their employees to be able to pick their team and guide it in the right direction. Before you think leadership only exhibits itself in upper management, realize leadership comes form all phases of an organization.

Decision Making: The decisions one makes, both professionally and personally, speak for one’s personality and take on life in general. A pragmatic outlook in decision making is vital towards determining retention and professional growth.

Self Motivation: In difficult situations or critical state of affairs such as failure, it is very important for an employee to maintain one’s calm and composure by being self-motivated. Calling it quits under unfavorable circumstances is definitely not a winner’s plan of action.

As a promising employee, it is expected of you to remain motivated and help your team overcome the bad times, accomplishing which your growth becomes inevitable.

Scheduling:  to sequence your tasks or plan their occurrence or in other words, managing time and events for the day. For example, fixing up times for meetings, training and conference calls can help you prioritize and thereby save time which can be utilized in various ways to advance in your workplace.

Accountability: is a highly valued attribute of an employee. Manager, except from ensuring that his team completes task on time, has various other works to do. When a team honors deadlines, it is contributed positively to the business. Accountability is taking responsibility for both failure and success. Accountable people do not run out looking for excuses but search for appropriate solutions instead.

Professionalism: it is blend of all the aforesaid soft skills. A professional employee would manage the working hours of a day in such a way that he is able to exhibit his skills in a balanced yet fertile manner with a marshaled self conduct.

An overall positive insight towards work and corporate environment, powered by soft skill development, can not only get you the right job, but it also helps you in succeeding and advancing in your professional life. It gives you a boost amongst the competition for various roles in various industries. Fostering these soft skills in your temperament will take you a long way.

This article is a guest contribution fro freelance writer Tressie Williams

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Comments

  1. I usually nail these tips perfectly and still have very few jobs leads after interviews. Most of the time I do not hear back from the employer once the interview is complete. Besides getting an opportunity for an interview seems to already be far and few between already, most of them result in no job.

    I have spent more time through the years completing applications than I actually have worked in hours. I have applied to small low paying jobs to medium paying jobs, but most of the leads end up being just a recruiter or end up leading to no interview. There are several reasons I am stating this information because even if you follow the tips and hints above. It can still not land you the job. It also is different for some individuals and very dependent on the situation.

    • I do not disagree Ty, advice works for some not for others. There is no magic wand we can wave to make you get a job, but there are tried and true principles. Get experience employers need. Grow your skills. Network. Build a good reputation. Study how to interview. Practice. If you get interviews and don’t get a job, figure out what you are doing wrong. Be very critical of yourself and your performance, it is the only way to improve. -Brian

  2. Great article; Appreciate the insight!

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