Recently, there was an interesting article on Bloomberg.com about how managers are seeking soft skills in employees. According to a study mentioned in the article, over 60 percent of managers agreed that soft skills are most important when reviewing an employee’s performance. The top soft skills included having a positive attitude and teamwork skills. So, what are your soft skills and how do you identify them before a job interview or evaluation?
According to Mind Tools, a career site that provides leadership and management training online, soft skills can help you excel on your job. For example, let's say there are two dry cleaners located blocks away from each other. However, the owner who is friendly and always smiling when you walk in the door may have your business more than an owner with a bad attitude. Although your experience and education may help you land the interview, employers still want to work with a person who is trustworthy and positive.
So, let’s discuss your personal soft skills. What are your best personal traits? Also, keep in mind, there are certain skills that match with certain careers. For example, you expect a nurse to be helpful and patient. You expect a teacher to be a good mentor and have good problem-solving skills. Look back at your past employee evaluations to see any key words that previous supervisors used to describe you. Ask your current supervisor and colleagues to provide examples of your soft skills.
If you are looking for a job and can’t reach out to a former supervisor, consider talking to your family and friends about your soft skills. In fact, they most likely know your soft skills better than an employer. The key is to identify three to five soft skills that you can use to describe yourself during an interview or networking event. Also, try to provide examples based on your soft skills. How are you a good communicator or an honest person? When employers interview a job candidate, they want a well-rounded employee. Your soft skills can definitely make you stand out from your competition.