What are soft skills, and why do you need them? Soft Skills are the personal attributes you need to succeed in the workplace. 

 

While job-specific ‘hard’ skills always look great on your CV, employers are increasingly looking for soft-skills in candidates. So, regardless of the job you're applying for, you’ll need at least some soft skills.

 

These can be anything from being able to demonstrate you’re a good team player, to having great flexibility or strong organisational skills; they’re the characteristics that essentially make you, you!

 

Boosting your soft skills can give you a unique selling point and a competitive edge over another candidate – they may even be instrumental to your career success, so it’s definitely worth adding these to your CV or mentioning them in an interview – just make sure to provide specific examples that support your claims. Here are just a few of the soft skills in particular demand.

 

Must Have Soft Skills for Success

 

Confidence 

If you don't believe in you, who will? Not everyone is blessed with natural confidence, but the good news is that you can appear confident even if you don't feel it. With a little practice, you can fake it ’til you make it! 

 

Communication

You’ll be hard pressed to find a job that doesn't require communication on some level. Brushing up on your communication and relationship building skills can improve everything from confidence to sales and efficiency. 

 

Collaboration

Team work makes the dream work. Ok we know that’s a bit cheesy. However, being able to work and collaborate with others is a vital skill for success. You may think you can do it all alone, but working with others can bring new ideas to the table. 

 

Can Do

Success takes effort, so you've got to be ready and willing to put in the work. Sometimes you’ll have setbacks, but your can do attitude will keep you gong along the road to success. 

 

Criticism 

We don’t like hearing about our weaknesses or failures. However, being open and receptive to constructive criticism can help you better yourself. Listening to feedback gives you an excellent chance to learn.

 

 

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