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.