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Soft Skills

Teachers need to know how to structure a curriculum; dieticians need to know what foods work best for a diabetic patient; environmental scientists need to know how water can erode a creek bed.  Technical skills such as these are vital to success in the workplace.  Beyond these technical skills, though, is another, equally important, set of skills – what is typically known as “soft skills.”

Soft skills refer to a cluster of personal qualities, habits, attitudes and social graces that make someone a good employee and compatible to work with. Companies value soft skills because research suggests and experience shows that they can be just as important an indicator of job performance as hard skills

When it comes down to it, it’s the soft skills that matter most when it comes to keeping and excelling in your job.

Below is a list of commonly looked for soft skills

  • Work Ethic
  • Positive Attitude
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Time Management Abilities
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Acting as a Team Player
  • Self-Confidence
  • Ability to Accept and Learn from Criticism
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Working Well Under Pressure
  • Personal Accountability
  • Interpersonal Negotiation Skills
  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Creative Thinking
  • Inclusion
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Leadership/Team Building Skills
  • Being a Goal-Oriented Self-Starter
  • Sense of Humor

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