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Published: 10th of Jul 2017 by: Carolyn Kessler

Definition: These are personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.

Soft skills determine our success in all areas of life – not just at work. I firmly believe that these skills should be taught at school as a specific subject, given the universal impact they have on everything we undertake. They are vital and the absence of these is sure to sink your boat faster than anything else.

Below is an excerpt of an article detailing the need for soft skills and why they are so relevant:

”Whereas hard skills are the tangible and technical skills easily demonstrated by a candidate’s qualifications and specific professional experiences, soft skills is a term used by employers to refer to the more intangible and non-technical abilities that are sought from candidates.

Soft skills are sometimes referred to as transferable skills or professional skills. As this term implies, these are skills that are less specialised, less rooted in specific vocations, and more aligned with the general disposition and personality of a candidate. Examples of important soft skills are communication, teamwork and problem solving.

Soft skills relate to your attitudes and your intuitions. As soft skills are less referable to your qualifications and more personality-driven, it is important to consider what your soft skills are and how you might show evidence of them before you apply for a job. This is particularly true of the recruitment process, where transferable skills and potential often take precedence over professional experience.

Being able to demonstrate your soft skills equates to demonstrating great potential to succeed and progress in the career of your choice. An instructive example of the difference made by soft skills is a medical doctor.

A doctor is required to have an extensive repertoire of hard skills, especially the ability to diagnose and prescribe treatments for an array of ailments. But a doctor who does not have the soft skills of emotional intelligence, trustworthiness and approachability is not likely to be very highly regarded by their patients. Similarly, a salesperson who may have an unrivalled and exhaustive knowledge of their market will find it difficult to close a deal and retain their clients if they lack the soft skills of interpersonal skills and negotiation.”

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Some examples of soft skills include emotional intelligence, critical thinking and problem solving, multitasking, verbal and written communications, stress and time management, as well as self-mastery, assertiveness, resilience training and the understanding and ability to work with different personality types. You need to operate out of this complex skill-set – all the while retaining your individuality and meeting your own needs in a healthy team orientated manner...

Staff Training specialises in the training of soft skills pertinent to both the work environment and your home life. We offer over 60 courses, designed to facilitate personal growth through the practical application of these skills.

Staff Training is a soft skills training provider. Contact us at 0861 996 660.

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