How to develop your soft skills

When we apply for a job, many skills are required: Qualifications, knowledge (studies, training, IT, etc.), resilience, good appearance, willingness to travel and overtime, among other things.

However, there are many other skills that are not required but are essential to carry out your job in a way that is beneficial to you and the company – the so-called “ soft skills ”.

What are soft skills?

They are skills that are not acquired in a university or an apprenticeship, but through personal experience and self-knowledge. We may have learned them because of life obstacles that we came out stronger from, or because of working in different companies and with different types of people that we had to adapt to.

We may have also acquired it in our private lives, with our family, our friends, even with people who made it difficult for us.

Some of these soft skills that will help us a lot in the world of work are:

Resilience – is the ability to adapt to circumstances, even in the most extreme adversity such as a war, pandemic or economic crisis, and to move forward with all our abilities. In the most critical moments, resilient people are able to overcome themselves and help others.

Creativity – A creative person knows how to solve problems, even with methods that are not conventional in the first place, but can be just as or even more effective.

Ability to focus, mindfulness and time management – ​​in a working world where we are often asked to keep track of several things at the same time, it can seem strange to prioritize issues and only focus on one thing. One maxim: ” First the important, then the urgent “.

Ability to work in a team and create a good working atmosphere – even if you are not a manager or coordinator of a team, if you feel an integral part of a team and can contribute to making your business a success, you will be happier with yourself, and this also affects the performance of the company.

Critical Thinking – while it may seem like you always have to agree with supervisors in a company, not because we belong to any particular company culture, we still have our own opinions. If we disagree with something about the way the Company operates that affects us, we should be able to speak up openly and always firmly.

Active listening and empathy – an essential requirement in the working world where there can be so much friction, misunderstanding and obstacles. Putting ourselves in each other’s shoes helps us all resolve conflicts and row in the same direction. A solution that is acceptable to all parties often has to be negotiated.

Ability to learn – last but not least, daily independent learning, even if the company or the position does not require it, helps us to develop personally and professionally. Sometimes professionally we need to recycle ourselves and while this may be difficult at first, we can learn new skills that will enrich our lives.