Our CVs tend to focus on the technical skills and qualifications that we have. The job description highlights the degree and experience that you need for the role. But we often forget to highlight the soft skills that we have that help us work well in the team or organisation.
So what are soft skills? Soft skills allow you to communicate, build relationships and work in a team. These skills are transferable between jobs, situations and everyday life. You learn these skills through life experiences such as previous jobs, hobbies and home life.
The hirer or recruiter will look at your qualifications and experience first to ensure you’re suitable for the job. If you are applying for an engineering job, you need qualifications in engineering. But it’s your soft skills that allow the employer to see how you would fit into the team or business. Highlighting them in every job interview is important. Use examples of problem-solving, working to deadlines and working well with others.
We’ve listed the most sought-after soft skills below.
This is one of the most important skills that an employee needs. Time management impacts every job, and every part of your life. You need to be able to organise your work so that you can complete them before a deadline. A great employee knows how to prioritise their tasks and use their time wisely so that deadlines aren’t missed. If you haven’t mastered this skill, then it’s time to start writing a to-do list and start to manage your time better.
For a team to run well, good communication is essential. You need to be able to share information, ideas and progress. You need to be able to update your team or managers on your progress, ask for help or to articulate detailed plans. If you are talking to customers, clear communication is so important. Ask your colleagues about your communication style and how you could improve.
Teamwork makes the dream work! You need to be able to get along with your colleagues. It’s what makes an effective team. Employers are looking for staff who show the ability to get along well with others. No one wants to hire some who has a history of conflict in the workplace. It
Employers are looking for staff that can get on with their work to the best of their ability. You need to motivate yourself to learn new tasks or move on with your work. Your managers may not always be available to offer constant direction. Managers want staff that can take the bull by horns and carry on with work without being micromanaged. A positive can-do attitude goes a long way in a team.
In every job a problem will occur, it’s inevitable. It may delay the project, or slow construction, or items going missing in transit. What do you do when a problem arises? Do you try to solve it or do you struggle under pressure? Employers want employees who can be practical and look to resolve issues.