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Top 10 Soft Skills That Employers Seek
If you’re job hunting, you already know the importance of selling yourself. To be in with a shout, you have to show the prospective employer that you have the relevant skills and experience for the job.
But setting yourself apart from the competition may well hinge on what else you can bring to the table; your soft skills. These are the “nice-to-haves” that’ll have companies eager for you to join them.
To help with your next job search, here’s a rundown of the most sought after soft skills that employers are looking for in 2018 and beyond.
In a managerial position it’s a prerequisite, but even if you’re still at a junior stage in your career, employers often like to see leadership qualities in their workforce. The LinkedIn 2018 Workplace Learning Report highlighted leadership as the most desirable soft skill.
Hardly a new concept, but employers still place great value on a team member with good communication skills. And that doesn’t just mean verbal communication; in this digital age, being able to communicate via digital media is a skill well worth having.
Being able to work independently has long been an admired trait, but teamwork also remains key in 2018. With colleagues now often collaborating remotely rather than in person, teamwork has taken on a new importance for many employers.
4. Time Management
And that’s not just turning up to the office on time. Companies that are recruiting will want you to be able to manage your time effectively in order to complete tasks on schedule, and to a high standard.
5. Cultural Appreciation
We live and work in such a diverse society, that we’re bound to have colleagues, clients and suppliers from many different walks of life. An awareness and respect for other cultures and lifestyles is something a good employer will look for in potential employees.
6. Problem Solving
An analytical and pragmatic approach is another soft skill employers rate highly. When problems arise, being able to step back and provide a solution is a great attribute to have in your armoury.
A study has shown that proven examples of responsibility is the second most desirable soft skill sought by employers, just behind management. Being able to demonstrate that you’re responsible will stand you in good stead in the current jobs market.
8. Customer Focus
You’ve heard the old saying: “The customer is always right.”
Well, it’s still true. The only thing that may have changed is the way you communicate with those customers; it’s sometimes online and over the phone, rather than face to face. And employers love to hire people who have their customers’ interests at heart.
Workplaces are fast-moving environments. With constant changes to technology, tactics, processes and more, employees who are curious enough to adopt change are well received by prospective employers.
10. Willingness to Learn
Nobody knows everything; and a good employer will realise that. But what they relish even more is a willingness on your part to become an expert. If you’re ready to learn as you work, you’ll be an asset the company won’t want to miss out on.
Searching for your next career move can be a daunting process, but if you arm yourself with as many of these soft skills as possible, you can dramatically improve your chances of being hired.