Four Critical Soft Skills for Every Employee

August 9th, 2017

When an employer is hiring, they will only choose a candidate who has the hard skills necessary for success. Depending on the industry, these hard skills could include technical knowledge, knowledge of how software programs work, and many other attributes.

Hard skills can usually be acquired … but they aren’t always the only skills necessary to succeed. Top candidates who are worthy of being hired will also have soft skills that allow them to work well within an organization. If you want employers to be excited about hiring you, make sure you show them you have four critical soft skills including:

  • The ability to work on a team: Almost all jobs require collaborative work at times. Companies value team players who can work well with others and are willing to pitch in and do what is necessary to get the job done.
  • Strong communication skills: You need to be able to take direction well, listen actively, ask good questions and make yourself heard and understood. Having strong communication skills will make it possible for you to do all of these things and much more.
  • A high emotional IQ: Emotional IQ or emotional intelligence is a vital skill that allows you to understand and control your own emotions and understand the emotions of others. If you have elevated levels of emotional intelligence, you won’t let personal problems impact your work and you will understand how to motivate and lead others.
  • Problem-solving skills: Problems will inevitably arise at some time during your career. You need to be able to show an employer that you are capable of brainstorming solutions and finding a way to roll with the punches, rather than collapsing at the first sign of stress or constantly needing guidance to solve even the simplest of problems.

You should find an employer who appreciates both the soft and hard skills you offer. SmartTalent can help match you with companies in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas who are looking for candidates with the skills that you possess. To find out how staffing professionals can help you land an interview with a company where your skills should get you hired, give us a call today.

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