Are you still on your job hunt? Have you been submitting several applications and attending quite a number of job interviews and yet no positive feedback?
Before you start blaming and pointing accusing fingers at the diminishing value of school certificates in today’s world; It could be that you are lacking on some basic soft skills employers are looking for. Often times, we are so eager to get on any job without taking time to search deeply on the skills that may be required to carry out such role. These skills are paramount to effectively carry any duties and cut across several job positions.
These soft skills are personal qualities and attitudes that can help you to work well with others and make a positive contribution to organisations you work for.
While hard skills might be developed on the job, it is expected that employees should come to an organization already in possession of soft skills. When employees lack these basic soft skills, it can hurt the overall success of the organization. Soft skills relate to the way employees relate to and interact with other people.
Thus, we have decided to go through these soft skills because employers have often times complained about new hires lacking these skills.
Employers are looking for people who can communicate well both verbally and in writing, maintain good eye contact, and being able to put across ideas in a simple language. Good verbal and written communication means you can get your messages across with less chance of misunderstanding.
As your career progresses, the importance of communication skills increases since as well as creativity, people skills, and an aptitude for teamwork, the ability to speak and write with clarity and conciseness is essential for managers.
CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
Critical thinking skills are the ability to apply logic and creativity to solve problems. This ability to solve problems are desirable skills to develop and employers value such skills; If you are the kind of person who tries to see the solution as well as the problem, then this will give you an edge.
Leadership qualities are valued by employers and it involves the ability to influence others towards the achievement of a goal. It also involves the ability to work with others in a team to effectively carryout a goal. They look for people who lead by example, constantly look to improve, motivate themselves, are positive, and know when to follow instructions and when to show initiative.
Leaders have strong self-confidence, are team players and show social skills by respecting the thoughts, opinions and ideas of others.
As stated above, someone who has a leadership quality must be able to work with others in a team to effectively carryout a goal. The importance of being a team player cannot be over emphasised and we have written an article on it: read here, http://www.yblnigeria.com/community/blogs/blog.php?id_blg=37
ABILITY TO WORK UNDER PRESSURE
Whether you’re trying to hit a challenging deadline or an urgent job has just landed on your desk, employers want to know you can put the stress to one side and focus on the job in hand. Can you decide quickly which approach will achieve the maximum results in a short period of time, and then get the job done?
Whether you like it or not, the ability to multi-task is a major skill you must possess because there will always be other duties that will be assigned to you outside of your specified roles.
Personal development is all about having the right attitude towards work and the organisation you work for. Employers look for people who are keen to develop and learn. Personal development is also concerned with how individuals evolve their working practices and attitudes to work. Personal development includes learning to avoid potentially negative emotions such as anger and stress while developing assertiveness and effective negotiation skills.
The employee who is open to learning and embraces change will be more successful than the person who is afraid of learning and resistant to changes in the organisation.
Ability to work in meeting deadlines and that involves knowing which work to prioritise before attending to others or being able to work and meet deadline without leaving anything undone.
Employers want people who are dependable, reliable, enthusiastic, and enjoy hard work. Employees that are committed need very little supervision or motivation to do their best and get the job done.