When writing up your CV or updating your LinkedIn account, you often focus on your technical skills to make sure people know you are the perfect fit for your dream job. However, often soft skills are overlooked and they are increasingly becoming more popular among HR professionals. Soft skills have proven to be the difference between an adequate candidate and an ideal candidate.
How many times have you read a job advert and one of the top skills was communication? Even with a highly technical role, employers tend to seek someone who has strong communication skills. The reason for this is the increasing use of teams which requires excellent communication skills.
Not only do you need to be able to make logical decisions, but you must also take responsibility for any decisions made, even if it was the wrong one.
Having the ability to work without constant supervision and under your own initiative is a skill that managers actively look for. Managers don't have the time to actively micromanage their employees all the time, therefore being self-motivated is a favourable skill to have.
One of the most sought-after skills employers look for in a candidate is their ability to work well with those around them. This could mean taking charge of a project and delegating to others, or it could be being delegated to. No matter the situation, everyone loves a good team player that will assist in meeting deadlines.
Time management is closely related to the ability to work under pressure and within tight deadlines. Employees who manage their time well can efficiently prioritise tasks and organise their diaries, while adopting an attitude which allows them to take on new tasks and deadlines.
If you combine these soft skills with your technical skills, then you will become a hiring managers dream!
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