While there are some skills and knowledge that are specific to certain jobs, there are transferable soft skills that are important wherever you work.
Do you have these soft skills that can make you a valuable member of a new team?
Are you a good listener? Can you share information clearly, quickly, and understandably? Are you empathetic and understanding? Communication skills are incredibly important because they help keep a team together and on the same page. It’s the cornerstone of a strong group of coworkers and is priceless on a team.
If your word is as good as your bond, it will make you reliable, trustworthy, and dependable. Employers need people they can turn to to make things happen, and someone who is accountable and does what they say they’re going to do is as good as gold. It also means you’re willing to take responsibility if you make a mistake, but you know that mistakes are learning opportunities. There’s no shame in that!
Do you like to look at a situation, turn it around in every different way, and see if you can do it differently? Do you prefer working without directions to figure something out rather than being told how to do something? Creativity means you’re a problem solver and someone who isn’t afraid to try something new. Asking questions is an important part of being creative because it shows you want to learn more and make a decision based on all the information you can gather.
When you have a long to-do list, how do you approach it? Do you manage to get more done in a day than other people can handle in two? Time management skills are critical to employers because it means you use your time wisely, effectively, and efficiently. It’s the embodiment of the old adage, “If you need something done, give it to a busy person.” You know how to arrange and block off your day in order to get done the most important tasks, with extra time left over for something fun.
Like creativity, people who are adaptable are able to change course midstream and find a new way through when problems arise. Adaptability means staying calm when things are going haywire all around you. It’s seeing the forest for the trees, paying attention to the details without losing sight of the big picture, and understanding that it’ll all be ok in the end — you just might need to find a new way to get to the finish line. Staying calm under pressure and keeping those around you from losing their cool is key and the sign of a good leader!
Soft skills are important because you take them with you regardless of your job, your title, or where you’re working. Hard skills, or those particular to a given job, might get all the attention, but a good array of soft skills will make you a valued team member.
Are you ready to take your soft skills to a new job? Call Debbie’s Staffing! We work with companies who are looking for qualified, skilled candidates just like you, whether for full-time permanent or temporary positions. Contact Debbie’s Staffing today, and let’s get to work!