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What are the soft skills employers are seeking?

Highlighting why soft skills are important to your future success

Most people are clear what key skills are needed to pursue a career in a variety of fields. However, there is another skillset that employers prioritize in employees that may seem as obvious - soft skills. So, what are soft skills? These are the type of skills that, while they may not be apparent on a job description or application, are helpful in your future career success. Soft skills are attitudes, behaviors (verbal and non-verbal) and habits that make it pleasant for others to work with you and also have them view you as a vital member to the team.

Here are some key examples of the valuable soft skills that may help you land that next job.

  • Strong work ethic: From day-to-day tasks to huge projects, the value that you place on doing a great job and going the extra mile can separate you from the pack.

  • Positive attitude: Having an optimistic outlook and approach to your work, in some cases, can be contagious and instrumental in driving an organization's success.

  • Strong communication skills (verbal, non-verbal, writing): Being able to clearly articulate yourself using verbal skills is important to work effectively with others. On the flip side, non-verbal skills like listening can make you a great teammate.

  • Problem-solving: Employees who can strategize and find ways to solve problems are an asset to any organization. Even if you can't find the solution, the ability to collaborate with others to devise one is a win/win for your employer and you.

  • Project management and collaboration: Nowadays, more employers are looking for people who can prioritize and determine which tasks need to be completed first. They also value those who can work effectively with others and also work well independently.

  • Ability to accept constructive criticism: Let's face it, you're going to face feedback when you enter the workplace. Employers look for those who can join their team and be able to accept honest and fair feedback in order to improve their performance over time.

Regardless of your future career goals, having a strong grasp of these soft skills will be instrumental in your success. While they don't replace the primary skills needed for a particular position, they can go a long way in promoting your growth and longevity in your career choice.

At YTI Career Institute, our prepares students for their future career by incorporating soft skills training into our curriculum. Schedule a visit to one of our campuses by visiting www.yti.edu/admissions/visit_us.asp today.

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