Land That Next Job with Your Soft Skills
I came across a great article the other day that you need to read. It was put out by the BBC. Sean Coughlan of the BBC reports that a researching firm estimates that 88 billion pounds are lost due to lack of soft skills of employees. 88 billion!
This is an outrageous number for a guy like me who is used to work in “thousands”. It must be even harder for a number like that to sink in to the person reading this blog. I get it. When I first read the news, I kept thinking to myself, “So what? I improve my soft skills and companies get to make even more billions! Yippee! What am I going to get out of it?”
Then it hit me. What the individual gets out of it is this: You become a very valuable asset to companies across the globe when your soft skills are better than everyone else’s.
When you are looking for your dream job or trying to get that next promotion, you are looking for that edge over your competitors. Improving just one soft skill will give you a great edge; and improving a range of soft skills will provide you with a very mighty blade!
The Top Four Soft Skills listed in the article are:
3. Interacting with Customers, and
This is a solid list. In my experience, I always see Communication at the top, but I’d suggest that “public speaking” is the one that realy helps people move up the managerial ladder! Also, I’d recommend Conflict Resolution and Leadership skills to be added to your tool belt.
In the end, what it comes down to for YOU to answer is this: if soft skills are becoming more valuable in organizations across the globe, what are you doing to improve your soft skills?
Best wishes and may your soft skills shine,