Looking for a job is not as simple as it once was. The number, and level, of college degrees seem to hold less weight, years of experience in jobs are not as important, and job requirements seem to be more nuanced. More and more employers are looking to see what "soft skills" job seekers are bringing to the table.
Soft skills cover a range of traits which include leadership, self-awareness, communication skills, and emotional intelligence. Though intangible, they are important qualities when considering a potential employees ability to work, and interact, with people effectively. In a recent article, The Muse focuses on specific skills that are integral to getting ahead in your career, regardless of what industry you are in. Here are three we feel are particularly useful:
1. Listening: While the ability to communicate is often associated with the ability to express yourself, another major factor in being an effective communicator is the ability to listen. By showing an interest in someone else, asking follow up questions, and being present, there is a greater opportunity to build a trusting relationship.
2. Creative Thinking: This is the best way to showcase your problem-solving skills. Use what you have to work with and show that you can accomplish the job, even without all the necessary tools.
3. Emotional Awareness: Take the time necessary to check in with yourself so that you are able to conduct yourself professionally and remain collected. At work, you may not always be in complete control of the situations, but you are in control of yourself and your actions.
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