It's not enough to have just your core skills. What will make you most valuable among other job applicants is when you combined your core skills with personal and intangible skills. These soft skills are among the most important keys to lifelong career success and will make crucial difference in your career regardless of the country, industry or job you work in. These are the five soft skills every hiring manager is looking for in an applicant.
1. Problem Solving Skills
With market risks, unstable business outlooks and cost-cutting required, the ability to solve problems is now considered a ‘critical’ skill in business. Candidates with this skill are looked upon favorably by recruiters. When this question arise during your job interview, think of a particular situation you solved a tough business problem or contributed in the solution. Tell the story on how you were involved solving the problem, and what the outcome was in quantifiable results. This will help the hiring manager scale your ability to solve problems, face obstacles and resourcefulness at work.
Today's working environment requires its workers to be able to adapt changes and navigate these changes into a valuable asset to the organization. Companies need to change at the speed of light to remain competitive. Employers want people who have a ‘can-do’ attitude, and can able to shift gears or change direction as needed.
Employers want employees who can effectively work well with others. Workplace becomes culturally diverse when people collaborate despite of demographics and generations. A company can accomplish great things when everyone is working together toward a common goal.
4. Communication Skills
Communication skill is more than just speaking language. Good communicators get along well with colleagues, listen and understand instructions, persuade and able to deliver concepts to coworkers or customers. You should also be able develop constructive working relationships with your colleagues and be able to analyze and learn from constructive criticism. Good communication skills are key to success in life, work and relationships. Without effective communication, a message can turn into error, misunderstanding, frustration, or even disaster by being misinterpreted or poorly delivered.
5. Leadership Skills
Leadership qualities are valued by employers. You don't have to be president, manager or CEO of the company to show leadership. Employers look for people who lead by example, know to follow instructions and proactively shows initiative for improvement and motivation.
While your technical skills may get your foot in the door for an interview, your soft skills will get you the job—and help you keep it. Make sure these soft skills are highlighted on your CV or cover letter, and provide solid examples during the interview to back up your statement.