5 Soft Skills That Can Make a Difference
Posted Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 by
Does the following scenario sound familiar? You feel you’re qualified and possess good industry skills. Your resume is current, and you feel confident about yourself. Somehow though, someone else always seems to get the job. It could be that you’re up against an unseen foe: likeability.
Another term for likeability is “cultural fit.” Many candidates may not make the final cut because the employee didn’t feel they’d fit in well with the company’s culture. They were good candidates, but something seemed to be missing.
Being able to fit in is a real consideration in getting hired, even though companies may not openly admit it. Companies may find it difficult and legally intimidating to tell someone they didn’t get hired because the decision-making team felt they wouldn’t be a good cultural fit.
Developing soft skills can help better your chances of landing the job you want. Soft skills include personal attitude, time management, being able to communicate well, and clear thinking. If you can develop the following soft skills, it may be possible to increase the chances of an employer determining that you can be a good cultural fit for their organization.
A Strong Work Ethic
Spend quality time researching the company and be ready to explain why you’re willing to give a 100 percent to help the organization succeed. Be ready to share examples of how you’ve gone above and beyond past job requirements to complete a task. Employers like a strong work ethic.
Strong Communication Skills
An interview is always a great place to demonstrate how well you can communicate. Prepare and practice how you’ll respond to questions. The interview is a place where your positive attributes can shine. Communicate that you understand the company’s mission and can help them succeed.
A Positive Attitude
Do you have the type of attitude that can lift and boost the morale of others? If so, an interview is a great place to show it. You understand your own personality better than anyone else. If you’re low-key, you may want to add a little more enthusiasm to your responses. If you’re too animated, you may want to tone it down a little. Give a lively handshake. Look your interviewer directly in his or her eyes when speaking. Always be courteous. Think before you answer.
Good time management skills are appreciated by employers. Think of things you’ve done or projects you’ve worked on that show how well you’ve managed your time. Were you able to get things done with the resources given to you? Was the task completed in an acceptable time frame?
At the interview, you can easily demonstrate your self-confidence by your body language and the sound of your voice. Self-confidence can be expressed in how you shake hands, dress and speak.
When you develop these soft skills, it may give you the “likeability” edge over other candidates. Your positive soft skills may be what’s needed to inspire an employer to feel you’re the right candidate for the job.
Contact Everest today to find out more about the programs offered, start dates, and financial aid that’s available for those who qualify. Ask how Career Services can help you prepare for the workplace.