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Manonita Rathore
Gig economy and behaviour &soft skills Expert
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Why do soft skills matter?

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Manonita Rathore
Gig economy and behaviour &soft skills Expert

Soft skills relate to your attitude and your intuitions.  Soft skills are more personality-driven and are a combination of people skills, social skills, communication skills, personality traits, attitude, social and emotional intelligence.  Examples of important soft skills are self-awareness, communication, teamwork, problem-solving and creative thinking. And all of these skills are transferable ones meaning they apply to any job position.

Soft skills make the difference between suitable candidates and the best candidates. In today’s ever-competitive job market, recruitment criteria no long stops at a person’s ability and specialist knowledge. You need to be able to demonstrate your soft skills. Recruiters will be looking for people who can become leaders, and leadership itself, depends heavily on several key soft skills.

 

A useful example of the difference made by having soft skills is a software developer. Becoming a software developer involves more than just writing code. You need to leverage other skills to become an effective person in your workplace for example how you communicate and get on with fellow team members.

 

Developing a soft skill is one of the best investments you can ever make both in your career and personal life, as they apply to your everyday activities. The rise of AI is making soft skills increasingly important, as they are the type of skills robots can’t automate. 57% of HR today say soft skills are more important than hard skills.