“Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.”- Jim Rohn
What Are Soft Skills?
Try to look at yourself and analyze how you approach or how you tend to interact with people. Do you find yourself in a comfortable position? Do they understand you and most importantly are you ready to go ahead with it? No doubt obstacles are part of life; one has to know how to conquer them.
It’s simple, you just need to see and develop the mindset on how to interact with a certain group of people and to make an upfront approach. That’s a soft skill, a non-technical skill which looks upon how you solve problems and manage it to get your work done.
Do you ever feel awkward when you attend an unknown grand party your parents forced to come to and you hardly know anyone? And you pray that this party ends as soon as possible. Well there might be many who don’t open up or feel less confident.to speak up. But let’s turn the situation the other way round. You are attending your favorite cousin’s wedding and well it’s like the best day to enjoy and feel totally comfortable. Here we saw two different situations and it depends on how we feel around different environments.
How Soft Skills Work ?
Well if you think money can buy you anything anytime, but money can’t buy you skills. Especially the soft skills which depend on one’s habitat and the way things are handled and way it functions, for example your interpersonal skill, communication skill, leadership skill, listening skill, time management and scheduling your work, and many more. The skills that are mentioned are particularly among the top skills the candidate needs to have in order to get hired by the respective companies because these soft skills are important in every aspect of a job role.
Most likely the soft skills develop at home, school or maybe workplace.It’s a non-technical skill but can have a great impact on your career and work environment. When you try to inculcate or catch hold of soft skills it can be of great use, by including them in your CV, resumes and cover letters. And one main thing is that you need to show your soft skills and try to demonstrate for the interviews which gives a good impression and chances of getting hired is increased.
Different Types Of Soft Skills
As we’ve seen, soft skills are not something that can be picked up easily or bought, but it’s a trait and ability to converse and hang on to. Also the relationship and career success depends on the character of the person and connections with others.
- Creative thinking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Conflict resolution
Importance Of Soft Skill At Workplace
Soft Skills and Hard Skills Go Hand in Hand
Suppose you are very good with your technical skill, but still fail to clear the interview because of lack of soft skills. That can indeed be troublesome and nerve wrecking. As you know you can’t clap with one hand similarly It’s important to have a good soft skill set along with hard skills in order to excel in your career and life too. Employers seek candidates who strive to bring out their technical or hard skills through good communication. A business associate with a better product in the market will find it really challenging if communication is lacking and thus will turn out bad so its important to gear up soft skills in order to get along with your hard skills or technical skills.
Desire To Work For Long
Most of the companies prefer hiring candidates who are willing to work for a long term and who show interest in joining the company and not for the sake of joining. So while hiring, if you show that you are willing to join and work for the company, it reflects on your behavior and you take up the interview. Also keeping in mind soft skills like commitment and willingness to learn can brighten up your chances. Sometimes when two candidates have the same qualification and skills they are chosen based upon the period of years they will work.
Building Professional Relationships
Keep aside building relationships with team members, clients and others, the main skill that helps to build good relations is the communication skill. It depends on how you try to convert your words into a good and positive attitude and prove to be a very good companion and trusted partner. One main thing which builds relations in your workplace is empathy. When you learn to respect others, especially your teammates’ decisions and also their opinions this can really help a lot to build up a good relationship among them. It also reflects that you care and respect them and the steps they have taken.
Improved Workplace Productivity
Usually most of the soft skills help improve the performance and productivity at the workplace. Suppose you have excellent time management skills and good communication, then it can be easy to showcase your ideas and discuss with the team for a good outcome. Eventually the time slot is maintained and done within. Sometimes thinking out of the box is needed and while hiring the candidates they look for someone who can manage to play like a mastermind and get things done.
How Soft Skills Help Us Grow
Teaches To Stay Well Organized
When you are capable of setting your goals or maybe having a clear mindset and managing time and how to deal with deadlines in case, and also observing small details, that’s when you can handle things and capture them eventually you learn to stay organized.
Lit A Spark To Take Initiatives
When someone takes initiative to do something and does it better, that’s when others follow the path and they get inspired to work harder and to shine. Showing a positive side and getting a positive result is what lights up a spark around the working environment. Problem-solving when we keep under consideration automatically makes you believe that you can take up projects and do better. And show that you are capable of empowering others with your words and good attitude.
Build Company’s Reputation
Wherever you go or with whoever you connect, show that you are from a good company. A good approach towards the customer or client will give a good impression. They seek for employees who are really open minded and well behaved and those who show interest in the work, ready to discuss about the project and work related things and get it done within the given time slot are mostly prioritized. And when problem arises you are ready to take actions rather than just panicking and creating chaos not only for yourself but the whole team as well.
Adapt Yourself To The Workplace
When you make yourself feel like this is my place for the next few years, You should learn to make quick decisions and how to take the needed action to particular change in the project or task. Also you should show that you are enthusiastic and hungry to learn new techniques and get used to it and also whenever there are shifts changes or the schedule just moves up and down then be ready to face it and take up. That’s what a company is looking forward to working with.
How To Strengthen Soft Skills?
Importance To Skills That needs To Develop
We as human beings are unique, we have different types of skill sets. But understanding the main assignment is how I am going to make a good use of all these skills or which are more important so that accordingly I try to develop skills which would help me. Strengths and weaknesses are always a human trait but make your strength develop into something useful and prioritize it. Try to sit back and look into your career path and all the skill set needed and which I personally think i possess in order to develop them.
Keep Asking For Feedbacks
Sometimes you don’t really get an idea of how you speak or how you present yourself to others so in order to get a clear picture of yourself is by asking your close friends, colleagues or cousins or maybe family to give an honest review about your soft skills, and where do you lack or what are your weakness according to them. Then try to list them out and work on them. That’s where you will enhance your own skills and will get a better perspective.
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
When we are around people we feel confident about and trust them then its easy to open up and feel totally comfortable. But when it comes to business meetings then it’s a totally different scenario so we need to work on that part. Suppose you are more like an introvert then try to get into cultural activities or maybe mix up with different people, this will not make you feel uncomfortable but will help improve your social skills. So try to step outside your comfort zone and see the difference.
Look For Online Courses
Not everything is fed, you need to look after yourself and search for things. The Internet provides all the information and needed courses. It’s not only about Facebook and Instagram but a lot more than you can imagine. Having a course certified can be a plus point during the hiring process. Try to gain more from online rather than staying idle. Keep up with a positive attitude and work for it.
As we know that Soft Skills were not given importance before but today they have become an integral part of our day to day lives. We saw how it helps us in our corporate life, and how it helps us maintain our mindset and to develop them for our better life choices. Life is all about hurdles and you need to know how to get through them without being dependent on anyone and keeping up with yourself. No doubt mistakes are a part of life, No one is perfect. And when you learn from your mistakes you become stronger and better than yesterday.