Recently, the December 2012 issue of Business Communication Quarterly published a paper citing top 10 soft skills Executives need in the workplace:1) Communication2) Courtesy3) Flexibility4) Integrity5) Interpersonal skills6) Positive attitude7)Professionalism8) Responsibility9)Team work10) Work ethicThese skills were also rated among the same group from most to least important by the same group of CEOs, again, these are soft skills that they value the most:Integrity 93.0
Interpersonal skills 61.4
Positive attitude 45.6
Teamwork skills 43.9
Work ethic 36.8Simply, soft skills are a combination of people skills, career attributes, and customer service. Every profession rely on these skills to sell and service customer/client issues.*Business Communication Quarterly December 2012 75: 453-465, first published on October 8, 2012
Soft skills are critical to demonstrate throughout the hiring process, and become evident as all skills are discussed. In fact, there are surveys like the one below that suggest candidates lack showcasing them in the workplace. The other suggestion is that job seekers that demonstrate them will stand out in addition to having the hard skills needed for any position.
Embody these skills
Job seekers cannot say a certain soft skill is here or there. It is part of who you are professionally. It is not like clothing that you can put it on, nor are attributes that you can point out. It is there when a job seeker explains and demonstrates hard skills needed for a position. Soft skills are valuable transferable attributes that noticeable when it has becomes the job candidate.
Which of the above soft skills are your strength (s)? Which one do you need to work on? Let us know in the comments.