6 Ways to ShowYou have the skills and employer needs
Employers want employees who are able to work well with others, adapt to change, and solve problems. They know that employees with strong soft skills will succeed, even if the specific skills needed for a job change.
Here are six ways to show an employer you have the soft skills they need.
When talking with an employer or co-worker, listen carefully, answer questions with detail, and ask questions. Good communication involves give and take.
Show your good attitude
Be positive, and show it! In a job interview, smile, sit up straight, make eye contact, and discuss training and work experiences in an upbeat manner. Once hired, show up on time, show interest in your job, and demonstrate a willingness to listen, learn, and try new things.
Be a team player
Cooperate with others at work by communicating, showing your good attitude, problem solving and being professional. The job you do contributes to the overall success of your employer.
Share your goals with people you know
Share your goals, interests, and dreams with your friends, family members, and acquaintances. Let them know who you are and what you want!
Focus on solutions
Focus on solutions to problems you see in the workplace. Know you don’t have to have all of the answers right away, all of the time.
Be responsible and accountable for your word and actions. Strive for excellence, and always find a way to be productive.
You can improve your soft skills by practicing! Here are a few resources to get you started:
- Grit, time management, teamwork, integrity… rate yourself with this Soft Skills Checklist.
- Identify the skills you already possess with this Soft Skills Self Evaluation.
- Check out these Video Examples of Soft Skills to Pay the Bills – Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success
Practice Your Skills
- Take this free online course
- Use this Action Plan to set concrete goals and find support to improve your soft skills.
- Are there soft skills you’d like to work on? Use this skills checklist to strengthen your soft skills.