Soft skills is a term used, related to a person’s EQ (Emotional Intelligence Quotient) the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness and optimism that characterize relationships with other people. These skills are considered important by many recruiters as they believe that soft skills complement hard skills (part of a person’s IQ), which are the occupational requirements of a job and many other activities.
Speaking on the importance of soft skills, a HR professional says a candidate with proper soft skills has an edge over others in this competitive world. “It is essential to gauge a person’s soft skills before recruiting because behavior is often associated with one’s thought process,” he adds.
Some Soft Skills for professionals are:
- Interpersonal skills
- Team spirit
- Leadership skills
- Social grace
- Negotiation skills
- Communication skills
- Behavioral traits such as attitude, motivation and time management.
- Business etiquette
Tips to Enhance Your soft skills:
- Awareness: is the first step in building up your soft skills forte. You need to begin by making a list of skills that you lack by discussing with your close friends, co-workers etc.
- Be optimistic.
- Self motivating: Set personal goals to reach new highs and keep targets for yourself.
- Be a team player: Learn to trust, build comrades, provide support, set common goals.
- Interact: To build an understanding with your teammates, you should interact more with them.
- Look at the big picture: Consider all aspects, potential opportunities, threats and contingencies.
- Think out of box: Be creative and have your innovative and creative skills.
- Communicate effectively.
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.- Norman Vincent Peale
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.– Confucius
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.- Maya Angelou
Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.- Malcolm Gladwell
To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.- Confucius
“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before, but it’s true… hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.– Ray Bradbury
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough – Og Mandino
When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful. – Eric Thomas
Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek. – Mario Andretti
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.- Confucius
Contrary to what you may think, you can improve your personality.
The ‘personality’ is the typical pattern of thinking, feeling, and behaviors that make a person unique. When we say that someone has a “good personality “, we mean that they are likeable, interesting and pleasant to be with.
Everyone wants to be attractive to others. To that end, having a good personality is vital – probably even more so than good looks. In fact, approximately 85% of your SUCCESS and HAPPINESS will be a result of how well you interact with others.
While we can only enhance our looks to a certain extent, we have the ability to improve the personality as much as we want. We can develop or integrate any trait we deem fitting and agreeable.
Here are some ways we can accomplish this:–
- Read more and expand your interest.
- Be a good conversationalist.
- Have an opinion.
- Have a positive outlook and attitude.
- Meet new people.
- Be yourself.
- Be fun and see the humorous side of life.
- Be supportive of others.
- Have integrity and treat people with respect.
- Be a good listener.
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