With unemployment rising, the job competition is fierce right now. Indeed, during a recession the job competition is always fierce. One way you can increase the chances of finding a job in this recession is to focus on what are known as “soft skills.” Cash Money Life has a great post on soft skills and their importance. Here is how Cash Money Life defines soft skills:
Soft skills are the intangibles that you use every day to accomplish tasks. Communication skills, leadership skills, and teamwork are some common skills that employers screen for when interviewing job applicants.
Cash Money Life shares some of the soft skills that you can refine to improve your desirability as an employee include:
- Personal Qualities (motivation, honest, discipline, etc.)
- Interpersonal Skills (how you deal with others, i.e. persuasion, customer service, awareness of others, etiquette)
These are important skills that many of us overlook. And, indeed, they may not be as emphasized during the boom times. However, if you want to be a valued employee that is not in the first round of cutbacks, it can help to develop your soft skills. Additionally, if you are looking for a job during this recession, you can help identify yourself as a standout by cultivating the soft skills that add value to your job description.