soft skills

jens-johnsson-205843Within 10 years, research predicts that 4 million UK jobs will be lost to robots. Robots have already become well established in many industries, taking over simple, more mundane workplace jobs as well as complex tasks.

They manage our stock rooms, farm our lands, vacuum our home. Robots can disarm bombs, operate our telephone systems, deliver our parcels and even perform complicated surgery! Technology is mind blowing.

As automation and artificial intelligence gets increasingly sophisticated, robots are going to be able to step in and complete more tasks more efficiently and more cost effectively than humans.

How can we compete with this new wave of super-candidates?  There is something we’ve got that they haven’t got!  Robots will never have soft skills…

What are soft skills? 

Soft skills are the personal attributes you have. Things like, being a good listener, or a team player. They’re the skills we have that are interpersonal, and ultimately affect how well you will get on with people both in and out of the workplace.

The most sought-after soft skills (according to Recruitment Buzz) are:

  1. Management skills
  2. Examples of responsibility
  3. Experience of training others
  4. Communication skills
  5. Planning skills
  6. Organisational skills
  7. Ability to be flexible
  8. Being competitive
  9. Being motivated
  10. Friendly! 

Why are soft skills so important when job searching? 

Job adverts often focus on the hard skills required to fill a role – technical skills that are directly relevant for the job advertised.

But employers are increasingly looking for candidates who have a mix of both hard and soft skills. They need to get an idea of HOW you do what you do as well as WHAT you do.

Soft skills will allow you to fit in with the organisation and excel in the role. What’s the point of an employee who can write software, but can’t listen to his manager and therefore doesn’t know what’s required? Or an employee who can speak fluent French, but can’t build relationships with clients?

No employer wants to hire a candidate who won’t get on well with their existing team. Soft skills are the key to finding the right fit, and avoiding unnecessary workplace issues.

How many soft skills are you demonstrating on your CV?

It’s astonishing that on average only 1 in 5 CVs mention soft skills, so most candidates are missing out on being considered for positions. I see a lot of technical CVs that don’t reference a single soft skill. No wonder employers aren’t interested in interviewing those candidates!

Next time you’re applying for a job, don’t forget to think about what soft skills might be required to successfully fill the role. Do you need to be a good communicator? A team player? Quick to make decisions? A strong leader? Great at networking? A strong negotiator? Confident when presenting? Or love to teach or train others?

Go back to the top 10 most sought-after soft skills we listed above. How many of those do you have? Which would be most relevant to the role you’re applying for? Now find a way to demonstrate those on your CV and showcase why you would be perfect for that role.   

By adding soft skills to your CV, you can stand out from the crowd and become the 1 in 5 who actually make it through the to the interview stage.

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