Soft skills and transferable skills are very similar.
Here are examples of both:
- Time management - showing up for work and meetings on time, sticking to breaks, and getting your work done on time. Good time management is about doing the most important tasks first and then the rest
- Personal presentation - dressing in an appropriate way for work.
- Teamwork - being able to get on with the people you work with to get things done. A good team player is open, honest, listens, gives feedback and suggestions
- Attitude - staying positive at work even when things get difficult. Great examples include helping others, admitting when something goes wrong and learning from your mistakes. Employers like people who are positive, upbeat and have a ‘can do’ attitude
- Confidence - believing in yourself, your skills and abilities. All of these will help you work with people better and take on new tasks
- Communicating - good communication means you are able to listen, understand instructions, and put your point across without being aggressive
- Making decisions - 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
- Flexibility - 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.
If there is a gap between your skills and what employers want, you could look for training, self learning or voluntary work to help fill the gap. Employers will respect the fact that you are trying to develop your skills.
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