How to Be Irresistible: Soft Skills That Will Endear You to Employers

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Felix Smith Aigbonohan a Peak Performance Coach and CEO of RazorEdge Consulting

I read about the result of a right management online pool of 895 senior leaders and human resource (HR) professionals, conducted 9 February through 9 March 2010, highlighting the importance of soft skills when it comes to business performance. The organization’s culture, professional interpersonal behaviors and critical reasoning and judgment heavily outweigh technical skill and relevant experience.

The combination of technical experience and soft skills is very important for maximum performance in any in professional environment and those who have these skills are always at high demand in any organization.
Types of soft skills relevant for professionals

The key success for graduates and professionals in the 21st century workplace include; Networking, Enthusiasm, Professionalism, Communication skills, Team work, Problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Some of the common skills that professionals should develop for maximum performance include;

Strong work ethics
Are you motivated and dedicated to getting the work done no matter what? Will you be conscientious and do your work?

Positive attitude
Are you optimistic and upbeat? Do you know how to generate energy and good will?

Good communication
Are you verbally articulated and a good listener? Can you make your case and express your need in a way that builds bridge with colleagues, customers/clients and vendors?

Time management ability
Do you know how to prioritize task and work on a number of different project at once and still be proficient?

Problem solving skill
Are you or your employees resourceful and able to creatively solve problems that will inevitably arise? Will you take ownership of problem or leave it for someone else?

Team Play
Do you work well in group or teams? Are you cooperative and take a leadership role when appropriate?
Self confidence: Do you truly believe you are capable of doing the job? Will you be able to project sense of calmness and inspire confidence in others?

Ability to accept and learn from criticism
Will you be able to handle criticism? Are you coachable and open to learning and growing as a person and as a professional?

Flexibility and adaptability
Are you able to adapt to new situation and challenges? Are you able to embrace change and open to new ideas?

Working well under pressure: Can you handle stress that accompanies deadline and crises? Will you be able to do your best work and come through in pinch?

In an increasingly and information driven society, soft skills are vital in personal and professional development. Professionals need to interact seamlessly with customers/clients, work in teams, communicate technical details and build relationships.

Felix Smith Aigbonohan is a Peak performance coach in the areas of business/ personal development and transitional and transformational change. He is the CEO of RazorEdge Coaching.

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