Soft skills and transferable skills are very similar as you can transfer your soft skills to any job. Here are some examples of skills that can be used for both;
- Time management - showing up for work and meetings on time, sticking to scheduled breaks, getting your work done in time to meet your deadlines. This shows that you can take responsibility and manage yourself. Good time management is about prioritising the most important tasks and deciding which actions will produce the maximum output with the minimum effort.
- Personal presentation - dressing in an appropriate way for work and always being neat and tidy. Personal presentation shows you are self-aware and understand the effect that your appearance and behaviour has on others.
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- Team work - being able to get on with the people you work with and working together to get things done. A good team player has the team goals clear in their mind and works with others to achieve them. They are open and honest, offer constructive suggestions and listen to others.
- Attitude - staying positive at work even when things get challenging. Using your initiative to help people out even when you haven’t been asked to. Owning up if something goes wrong and learning from your mistakes. This all shows that you are committed to your work and can take responsibility for what you do. Employers like people who are positive, upbeat and have a ‘can-do’ attitude.
- Confidence - believing in yourself and your skills and abilities can help you work with people better, take on new tasks and achieve all the things you want to.
- Communicating - this is perhaps the most common entry on person specifications for job vacancies. If you are able to communicate well it means you will get along well with colleagues. Be able to listen to and understand instructions, and put your point across without being aggressive. You can change your style of communication to suit the situation, from handling conflict to trying to persuade a customer of the benefits of buying your product. If you’ve got good communication skills you will be able develop good working relationships with colleagues and be able to learn from constructive criticism.
- Making decisions - there are different styles of decision making, but the important thing is to be decisive. Gathering all the important facts, seeking advice, looking at the big picture and considering alternatives are all things that go into making a good decision.
- Showing commitment - employers want people who are dependable, reliable, enthusiastic, and enjoy hard work. They want employees who are committed, need very little supervision or motivation to do their best and get the job done.
- Flexibility - we live in changing times in the workplace, so if you’re adaptable and flexible, you will be able to change with the times. It’s a great asset if you are able to step outside your comfort zone and try your hand at something you haven’t done before.
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