Thinking of applying for a new job? What are the main credentials that you keep in mind before applying? It surely does include technical skills, qualification, and education. But have you checked for your soft skills? Surely, you don’t. Never thought it is important but the truth is it is also equally important and can easily get you rejected.
When an aspirant appears for an interview, he/she is under the constant scrutiny of the future manager. The future manager keeps sizing you up, and this scrutiny is not to make you feel horrible, but the real truth behind this eagle eye look is to find that not only your eligibility for the job but to analyze the type of employee you will be as well. In today’s fast growing competitive world, it won’t be a surprise for an aspirant to find someone who is far more qualified than them. But if a company has chosen you over the other then it certainly is not only the technical skills you possess, but your behavior is also an essential ingredient.
The competition in the world is taking its humongous form with each passing day, and if you are not yet ready, then it is sure that you won’t last a day in the corporal world.
If believed on the recent surveys conducted across the country, companies look for two types of credentials:
Hard skills are the type of abilities that can be taught, practiced or learned. Like, learning a new language, getting a graduation degree, etc. In fact, the harsh truth of the business world is that there are far more than what can be imagined, highly skilled aspirants who are good at technicality but still are unemployed. Even when a guy is good at work but lacks in the soft skills, the companies are forced to let go of the employee because the lack of soft skills.
Soft skills, although aspirant forgets it’s importance, for employers, soft skills can prove to be pretty important.
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To show that in today’s era soft skills have become equally important as technical skill, let us frame a situation. Imagine a situation where you are working on an important project and all of a sudden you are made to babysit someone who can take care of himself, along with working on the project. Quite a blood- boiling situation, right?
No one loves to babysit others who can take care of themselves. Similarly in a company, if the manager brings a new hire, someone then it is expected that the new add-on will be an asset, a leverage and not a liability to the firm where your employer will be wasting his time spoon feeding you.
Traits of An Ideal New Hire
According to the employers the kind of soft skills that can woo any future manager can be listed as follows:
Imagine a situation where you gave some important work to someone whom you trust, and they failed you. It leads to not only the death of faith but can lead your pathways to losses.
Similarly, in any company employers look for the employee who can be trusted, whom they can rely upon. An employee who always misses the deadline or are continuously busy making excuses is a significant fatality for the company and can lead to great mishaps.
And the employers can’t be blamed if they fire such an irresponsible employee that can be the death of the firm.
Pulling together a presentation-
If your answer is “Yes” then there is nothing to worry but if your response is “No,” then stat preparing because it doesn’t matter what you post is or how long you have been with the firm. Because most employers expect the employees to make presentations to the management teams, co-workers, clients, board members, etc.
The way you make a presentation puts an imprint of yours in the brains and hearts of the people attending the presentation. And apparently, no one wants a bad impression in front of their employers. To make a good impression during a presentation, the employee needs to be confident and calm.
The better you are at handling problems and challenging situations, the better is your chance of getting selected over the other aspirants. A crisis is a time where the problem is unexpected and are unable to solve it through conventional means. These situations can be stressful and if the employee lacks the skill of handling stressful conditions then the chance of panicking increases. And a person who is in panic mode can never think logically. Handling challenges logically are the only way out, and if the employee fails at this, then it prove to be a setback for not only the employee but the company as well.
And no one desires to face a failure because of the employees panicky. So the employees should engrave this into their brains that challenges are needed to be solved logically, by maintaining the composure and not by panic.
Your team becomes your identity, your new family, once you enter into the business world. If you can’t withstand your identity then how can you expect others to stand with you on your problems. Team strength are the base of any company’s growth rate and if its teams start to fall apart then that day won’t be far when the company will shut down.
Hence, employers value strong teamwork. It is possible that you could be good as some technicality which your other teammates lack. A good employee is one who tutors his teammates so that no member of the team lags from the rest.
Another perfect example of teamwork can be, when a new member is added to the team. It’s entirely logical for the new member to be completely clueless about the levels of work that has been already accomplished by the team. In this case, it is the responsibility of the co-workers to fill him in with the information.
This soft skill helps to improve the bonding between the co-workers, creating a friendly environment to work in.
Being competitive in the corporal world is good but turning it into jealousy can hamper your career adversely and your relationships with your colleagues.
Fitting into company’s culture
“Great mind thinks alike”. This is a famous line that suits the situation perfectly of a workplace. An employer who likes to balance work and fun at the office, then be sure that the employer will be in search of the same type of employee who shares their perspective. An employee who fits like a glove into the workplace is obvious to be liked by all in compared to the one who keep themselves isolated from the rest of the work environment.
The friendly environment of the workplace helps boost the success rate of the company. As obviously no one can work in a stressed environment where no one is allowed to breathe even.
For an employee who wants to be the favorite of the employer needs to advance in this field to achieve their goals.
Voicing opinions while being open to feedback
Who doesn’t like challenges? An employee who is not only confident enough to put his ideas in front of others but, sure enough, to challenge the others on it gains an instant like of the audience. In a meeting or during brainstorming session no one like a statue, so don’t just sit around keeping your mouth shut but put your ideas and opinions on the tables so that others can see it as well.
Now one might think that voicing your opinion is enough, but the reality is a good speaker should be a good listener as well. If you are not open to feedbacks, then you are not eligible to give one as well. An employee who not only voices his opinions but are open to comments are characterised as the ideal employees.
Being flexible and focused
“Stern trees are cut first”, it is an old proverb that can be applied to any perspective of life and workplace is no exception.
In the fast changing competitive world, the employee shouldn’t be surprised if the deadline or requirements change suddenly. The employee needs to be flexible while facing these kinds of anomalies. Being inflexible and arguing over the changes can put you in the bad eye of your employer.
A flexible employee if put under such conditions can adapt easily to these sudden changes.
Focus, a simple five letter word but hold the secret of success. The employees need to be focused on giving the desired, targeted output.
Many ordinary people have seen the skies of achievement and many great personalities have seen the dark pit of failure and the sole reason for their destiny is the focus. Once focuses, success is at your feet, but as soon as you lose it downfall becomes your new companion.
And the employee shouldn’t be surprised if they get fired just because they lost their focus. As no one will accompany you at your downfall.
So an employee should always keep in mind that flexibility and focus can draw you out of any pit.
Being innovative and creative
Who likes the same old routine, looking for something new, something different, out of the usual pattern brings not only interest but ignites sparks as well. Creativity is something that can ignite the workplace, bringing the interests of all in. A creative person can find an escape route from any kind of problem, proving to be an important asset to the firm whom
If the interviewer asks you to explain the time when a new project was assigned to you, then the employee must include their personal experiences as well.
Innovation and creativity are the perfect blends of spices that can ignite the atmosphere of the workplace.
Developing new processes
It is possible that there can exist an alternative way to get work done which is not only efficient but economical as well. So if an employee comes up with such an idea that can get the work done in an a faster, more efficient and economical ways, then it’s a guarantee that the employee will be appreciated and praised by all and valuable to employers. Not only does this save employer’s time, but it can also add to the bottom line.
Gathering the courage to come forward and tell your employer that there are an alternate, profitable ways that can be chosen is a big step that can put you in good eyes of your employer.
An employee who can manifest an initiative by bringing up new ideas and plans and as well, bringing it to live action, is the type of employee employers seek.
Like; the ideas of social media marketing that can enhance the prominence of the firm.
It is commonly experienced that taking a new initiative is the toughest task. But if the new initiative can prove to be leverage for the company then the employees should come up with new ideas and implement it.
So when a manager brings in a new hire they wish that the employee is exceptionally useful and filled with soft skills. Soft skills as the name suggest you look good in others eyes. And a humble, friendly person is liked by all. The main advantage of possessing these soft skills is that they make working fun. The boring the job will be, the lesser will be the efficiency of the workers, overall decreasing the profitability of the biz. So, what are you waiting for? Get started and work towards building your personality and your profile stronger by enhancing skills and expertise. Let you be the first choice for every employer who wants to have all your skills in each new hire. Let your manager run behind you!