SOFT SKILLS-HARD SKILLS: MAKING IT WORK
Human beings are born skillful, everyone has at least one distinct skill that puts them above the rest, and these skills are deeply rooted in us. Some of these skills we have taken time to develop, others are innate and when we realize that we possess such, we work in it.
During the recruiting process, the first area that recruiters look to begin the cuts from is from the C.V. they look at the various skills people possess and begin to pick those that suit their needs.
Over time recruiters have realised that people are one thing on paper and another when interviewed and because of this, they begin to watch out for some exceptional talents for the skills they have that some other people lack.
Skills keeps a person far ahead in the talent pool, be it either a soft skill or a hard skill which over time and constant practice has been perfected.
Now, for every job post out there, a list of criteria and skills needed to be possessed by a prospective job seeker would be stated and most prospects apply when they see that they can match the requirements. This says one thing, there is no job without its specific objectives and how it should be performed and in doing so, various skills whether hard or soft are needed for these jobs.
Also, the company you are applying for would dictate the type of skills needed. For example, a sales job would require you to have a variety of soft skills like the skill of persuasion while an engineering company would require you to have handled certain equipment as a result of your working with them, as it is more labour inclined than using some soft skills.
According to various researches carried out, it has been noted that in the next ten years to come many of the jobs we have now would be extinct so would certain skill sets , variety of other jobs would spring up, so will the skill needed to perform these jobs. Now this tells you one or two things…where you are now, can you stand the test of time?
There are two sets of skills a person should have
- Soft skills
- Hard skills
SOFT SKILLS: they are less tangible and harder to quantify, such as etiquette, getting along with others, listening and engaging in small talk, leadership skills, teamwork, communication, adaptability, interpersonal skills et al.
HARD SKILLS: These types of skills are specific, teachable abilities that can be defined and measured, skills like how to eat, type, write, read, solve mathematical problems. Hard skills are teachable abilities or skill sets that are easy to quantify. Typically, you’ll learn hard skills in the classroom, through books or other training materials, or on the job.
Possession of these two skills would go a long way in boosting or putting you ahead in regards to you getting out of the job market.
Despite the possession of these two skills and the dying, birth of new jobs and the skills they require, there are certain skills put together that you as a job seeker should possess. These skills whether hard or soft would be relevant for a very long time.
Employers look out more for soft skills rather than hard skills which are written on your paper resume, so they take their time to watch out for your person resume or skills which they could base as their parameter for employing you…
Some of these skills are:
- WRITING PROFICIENCY: According to “Cecilia Bhuiya in her article “The Skills Gap is Real: 8 Skills You Didn’t Know You Needed”, 44 percent of hiring managers say recent graduates are sorely lacking good writing skills”. As a prospective job seeker, the first thing your prospective employer sees is your C.V and this should be devoid of grammatical errors. Regardless if you studied the English language in school or mathematics, prospective employers want to see that you are able to communicate fluently as these days most office communications are done online through mails and because of this, computer and good writing skills proficiency is always required.
- COMMUNICATION: Every job seeker should be able to effectively pass a message across, both written and verbal. Imagine you are at an interview and you hear the interviewer say things like ‘can you come again, ‘ sorry, I didn’t get that’, then you should realise there is a problem with how well you are passing your message across. Communication is key in every organisation as this helps to know when things are going well or wrong. Any non-educated
- RESEARCH ORIENTED: Don’t come across as someone who is not sound, this only means one thing, ‘RESEARCH’ always make sure you are in the loop about everything that is happening. You could be randomly asked a current affairs question, some interviewers want to know how well grounded you are in terms of information, and how much of you energy you actually put into research. Some of the new jobs springing up today require a lot of background work and research and this is something you could take up pending the time you see the job that you want.
- ATTITUDE: A person’s attitude says a lot. Always adopt a positive outlook in whatever you do, some people unknowingly emit negative vibes and this can be seen based on how they talk, their response to different questions and their performance in various situations.
- PROBLEM-SOLVING AND CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS: How well can you solve a problem? Some interviewers bring case studies to the table and ask your opinion or ways you could solve problems relating to said case. Give yourself a brief moment to think about your answer, don’t be in a haste to answer a question and also don’t be slow in answering a question and always remember, you are not the only one there…
- TEAMWORK: Most times you could be asked questions on projects you have done that had brought about results, when giving instances always note the following pronoun ‘We’, it helps to show how much you incorporate people in successes achieved either on a project carried out or on just a personal assignment and how well you can work with a group of people.
- SELF-CONFIDENCE: Do you believe that you can do the job? As a prospect job seeker attending an interview, always exude confidence that doesn’t bother on arrogance and don’t under exude that shows timidity but just the right amount, this would give the impression that you are reliable, and that you will be able to ask questions where necessary and won’t be hesitant in contribute your ideas if it would lead to increased productivity.
HOW TO GET THESE SKILLS ACROSS TO YOUR PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYER
- The first thing to do is to put the skills on your resume, this is the first place the employer would look before thinking of asking or observing if you have them.
- When answering a question, always make sure that you highlight these skills when you talk, it helps to note that you have made them aware of certain skills, both hard and soft, for example, if you are applying for a sales job, always highlight your customer service background and how well you relate with people. Also when you find out that you lack certain hard skills, pinpoint or lean towards your softs skills so that you don’t lose out both ways.
- Show your prospective employers that you are willing to learn and that you are open to criticism, and also open-minded as this is something you have developed overtime.
Cheers to you getting that job……