By Kibet Tobias
Traditionally employers focused more on hard skills, unlike the current job market which has greatly changed. Apart from your certificate, diploma or degree, potential employers are looking for candidates with soft skills such as communication, problem-solving, leadership among others.
Such skills will make you unique and set you apart from other job seekers. They tell the recruiter whether you are qualified for a position or not.
In my previous article, I discussed the top soft skills that will get you hired and how to learn them but why are these skills so important?
1. You need soft skills in an office environment
Earlier this year, a friend of mine asked me to help him find a job. He had just graduated with a journalism degree from one of the top universities. I recommended him to a magazine that offered him a 6-month internship.
I had a friend monitor his progress and the feedback was not good at all. He was late nearly every morning and kept complaining that he was being given a lot of work.
He left every day at 5 pm without finishing his work. Just to say the least, this didn’t go down well with the boss and at the end, he wasn’t offered a full time job.
What am I trying to say here? That no matter what your career is, you need to demonstrate impressive soft skills in the workplace. How do relate to your colleagues? Do you complete your projects on time? When faced with difficulties, how do you solve work-related problems?
Showing up late for work, for example, depicted my friend’s poor time management skills.
2. Soft skills improve your productivity at work
No one wants to be unproductive in his/her career. Being adaptive for example, means you are flexible to any situation that comes your way.
You may not have been taught about adaptability skills in school, but it is highly required in the job market.
People with these skills usually have positive mindsets and can easily embrace change. They are confident at achieving anything that is thrown at them.
Also, remember every area of your career also needs proper time management. Are you able to prioritize your work and schedule your tasks accordingly? If you are able to do this, then you’ll be completing more projects in less time, hence, creating more free time to work on other things.
Without experience, you end up in a situation where no one can vouch for your work ethic or productivity, making you a risky hire and no employer wants that.
3. The future workplace will rely majorly on soft skills
According to Deloitte Global survey 2017, two-thirds of all jobs will rely on soft skills by 2030. It predicts that this trend will inevitably be reflected globally. This is due to the fast changing digital technology that is transforming the workplace.
PwC report also backs the survey saying that the Automation (speaking machines) is replacing human jobs, and changing the skills that organizations are looking for in their potential employees.
What does this mean?
The jobs that will be left for people will majorly rely on high level human soft skills, particularly communication skills. And for you to stand out, you will need to be multitalented with critical soft skills of problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, communication among others.
For example, problem-solving skill is one of the most sought after skills today in the market. This is because problems are inevitable in our daily lives. You don’t give up when a new problem arises. Be creative and come up with possible solutions to solve it. In the end, you will become successful and build your leadership skills
We are living in a competitive world where most people possess the technical knowledge. Unfortunately, technical skills are not enough if you want to be successful in your career. For this reason, you need to work on your soft skills and improve on them. Follow this article to find the top most important soft skills that everybody should possess.
Tobias is a content writer at Career Point Kenya. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org