Start to develop soft skills

Start to develop soft skills

Start to develop SOFT SkillS

The phrase ‘soft skills’ is often used to describe the skills which characterize relationships with other people, or which are about how you approach life and work.

Other phrases that are often used for these types of skills include: ‘people skills’, ‘interpersonal skills’, ‘social skills’ or ‘transferable skills’.

‘Hard skills’, by contrast, is a phrase usually used to describe job-specific skills. Examples of such skills include professional skills like bricklaying or accountancy, medical expertise such as diagnosis and treatment, or other skills that can be taught and whose presence is testable through exams.

Ironically, for many people, the so-called soft skills are often some of the hardest skills to develop. A Harvard study says that 85% of one’s success at the work place is attributed to soft skills and only15% to technical skills. Hard skills are also mentioned as ‘technical skills’ or ‘subject skills’. Hard skills Vs Soft skills The following table represents some of the major differences between hard skills and soft skills.

Specific job related
Difference <\td> Hard skills <\td> Soft skills<\td> <\tr>
Area of coverage<\td> Knowing everything about something. Here something is nothing but your area of specialization like Auditing, Teaching, Engineering, etc. It means that be the master in your field.<\td> Knowing something about everything. Here everything denotes all other contemporary fields.<\td>
Concentrated towards Job Career
Instructor Trainer Self
Can be applied for all jobs
Things to do to develop soft skills:

Follow these ten golden rules and enjoy every moment of living.

  • Greet your family members first thing in the morning. If you are not used to this, they will be surprised with your sudden and nice gesture.<\li>
  • Greet your peers, subordinates and boss once you enter the office. Smile at even the ‘security’ personnel standing at the gate, who takes care of your safety.<\li>
  • Greet your friends along the way and do not ignore them. <\li>
  • Continuously reciprocate to breed communication. If you do not reciprocate at least with a ‘thanks’ when you get information or a source on your online network or your offline network, you will not be remembered for a long time. If you are not remembered, you are out of your network.<\li>
  • Be a proactive listener and empathize with others to command respect.<\li>
  • While talking to others, your voice, tone and tenor must be audible and soothing. It should not be aggressive or in a shouting mode.<\li>
  • Dress well to suit your profession and to create positive vibes in your workplace. If you are a sales representative, do not go out with printed shirts and jeans, which may turn down your customer. <\li>
  • Political and religious comments must be avoided at all costs in the workplace, when you are in a group. <\li>
  • Your communication should not provoke others.<\li>
  • Do not speak ill of others if you can help it.<\li> <\ul>
    Top 60 soft skills<\h5>
    1. Math<\li>
    2. Safety<\li>
    3. Courtesy<\li>
    4. Honesty<\li>
    5. Grammar<\li>
    6. Reliability<\li>
    7. Flexibility<\li>
    8. Team skills<\li>
    9. Eye contact<\li>
    10. Co-operation<\li>
    11. Adaptability<\li>
    12. Follow rules<\li>
    13. Self-directed<\li>
    14. Good attitude<\li>
    15. Writing skills<\li>
    16. Driver’s license<\li>
    17. Dependability<\li>
    18. Advanced math<\li>
    19. Self-supervising<\li>
    20. Good references<\li>
    21. Being drug free<\li>
    22. Good attendance<\li>
    23. Personal energy<\li>
    24. Work experience<\li>
    25. Ability to measure<\li>
    26. Personal integrity<\li>
    27. Good work history<\li>
    28. Positive work ethics<\li>
    29. Interpersonal skills<\li>
    30. Motivational skills<\li>
    31. Valuing education<\li>
    32. Personal chemistry<\li>
    33. Willingness to learn<\li>
    34. Common sense<\li>
    35. Critical thinking skills<\li>
    36. Knowledge of fractions<\li>
    37. Reporting to work on time<\li>
    38. Use of rulers and calculators<\li>
    39. Good personal appearance<\li>
    40. Wanting to do a good job<\li>
    41. Basic spelling and grammar<\li>
    42. Reading and comprehension<\li>
    43. Ability to follow regulations<\li>
    44. Willingness to be accountable<\li>
    45. Ability to fill out a job application<\li>
    46. Ability to make production quotas<\li>
    47. Basic manufacturing skills training<\li>
    48. Awareness of how business works<\li>
    49. Staying on the job until it is finished<\li>
    50. Ability to read and follow instructions<\li>
    51. Willingness to work second and third shifts<\li>
    52. Caring about seeing the company succeed<\li>
    53. Understanding what the world is all about<\li>
    54. Ability to listen and document what you have heard<\li>
    55. Commitment to continued training and learning<\li>
    56. Willingness to take instruction and responsibility<\li>
    57. Ability to relate to coworkers in a close environment<\li>
    58. Not expecting to become a supervisor in the first six months<\li>
    59. Willingness to be a good worker and go beyond the traditional eight-hour day<\li>
    60. Communication skills with public, fellow employees, supervisors and customers<\li>

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