Given the competition in the current job market, you need more than just technical skills to get the job. After all, numerous candidates possess the same education, certifications, and technical skills that you do. To rise above the crowd, you need to display some of the essential soft skills today’s employers are looking for.
These soft skills not only enhance your value, they make you eminently more hire-able.
The Need for Essential Soft Skills
More and more, potential employers are looking at soft skills to differentiate between equally qualified candidates. Today’s businesses want to focus on connecting with people. Soft skills facilitate the connection between coworkers and between customers and employees. They include all personal interaction and emotional intelligence skills such as being positive and friendly, communicating well, solving problems, observing, organizing, adapting and more.
To learn more about the essential job skills employers are looking for, take a look at this infographic from Execu|Search. It lays out the top ten soft skills currently in-demand in the job market. With this list in hand, you can begin to build and strengthen these skills to increase you value and improve your chances.
You still need the education and skill set to do the job. But today, you have to show that your right fit for the company.
In other words, it’s time go soft.
Also published on Medium.