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The Top Soft Skills You Need to Succeed
Unlike technical skills, soft skills aren’t something you can learn by taking a few courses or earning a degree – they’re skills you'll continually develop throughout your career. Regardless of the company, industry or job position, soft skills are a universal element all employers and managers consider when making employment decisions.
Whether you’re getting ready for an annual review, being considered for a new position, or up for a new promotion, having strong soft skills is a key factor to your success. Those skills are going to look a little different to every person and their importance will vary for each position, but there are a few universal soft skills every employee needs to have.
- Communication Skills
Communication is of the utmost importance in every job, at every level. Having good communication skills is about more than having a good grasp of language, it’s also about having great listening skills, presentation skills, and being capable of clearly expressing your thoughts both verbally and in writing.
- Interpersonal Skills
Interpersonal skills focus on how you interact with the people around you. This includes your attitude, how you deal with conflict, how you persuade people and how you provide feedback. You’ll interact with a variety of people with different experiences and mind-sets, who are in different age-groups and at different levels of authority; having great interpersonal skills is about how you handle yourself during those interactions.
It’s rare that you will ever be the sole contributor to any given task, project, or job. As such, it’s critical you’re able to work well in a team setting, in addition to working well on your own. Regardless of your role within a company, every employee is part of a team that’s working together to achieve success, and you must be able to be a productive, contributing member.
- Adaptability and Flexibility
You may have a regular schedule and workload, or you may balance a variety of tasks and projects. Regardless of what your day-to-day activities look like, your ability to adapt to change and remain flexible are important factors to your success. This might look like working extra hours, taking on extra projects, or providing assistance in an area you know little to nothing about.
- Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is your ability to think logically and use your existing skills and prior experiences to solve problems in an efficient manner. You’ll never find a business that doesn’t have problems to solve for itself and for its customers, and it’s your critical thinking skills that allow you to successfully contribute to the solutions your company needs.
- Time Management
You might be extremely busy or have a light schedule, or maybe it just depends on the day but regardless, it’s important you know how to manage your time efficiently. Time management looks different to every person, every position, and every company but doing so in an efficient manner is a good indicator of success.
You can learn a variety of technical skills in a variety of ways over a variety of timeframes, but soft skills are something you’ll continually learn and develop over the tenure of your career. Some skills may come to you more naturally than other skills, but keeping in mind the top soft skills employers and managers consider when making employment decisions will help keep you on track for both personal development and professional success.