To get a job you need technical skills but to keep it and to excel in it, you need soft skills. Soft skills, neglected by many and heeded by some, is THE x-factor you need to have to succeed in your career. This factor is often neglected or not given enough importance during the hiring process but when it comes to being a team player, a leader and a manager, soft skills play a major role. One can excel as a leader, a problem solver, a delegating and motivating team builder with soft skills.
Soft skills training is often underrated. It is assumed by an employer that an employee knows all these skills, knows how to behave during the job and be a team player, knows the importance of being on time, being friendly, taking initiative along with producing high quality work.
Soft skills are generally innate and cannot be learned from books or any other passive medium but practice, awareness and formal training can assist a trainee to grasp such tips and techniques. In this post we will discuss why it is important to learn soft skills and what one should look out for in a soft skills trainer.
Let’s illustrate with an example. When your soft skills trainer is punctual, he makes sure that he starts his class on time and insists you to be on time as well, you tend to follow this discipline and induce this good habit in your daily routine as well. Hence good personal skills are not only respected at your workplace or society but will also push you towards more rapid career growth. Some of the major personal skills are:
- Self confidence
- Calmness under pressure,
- Good decision-making skills
- Attention to detail
- Strong commitment
- Emotional stability
Effective Communication Skill
Don’t forget that English is our official medium of communication but not our native language. Hence, it’s imperative that to be placed in a MNC or a reputed company, a certain degree of proficiency is needed. Make sure your trainer has a good and effective communication skill. Verbal as well as writing skills falls in this criteria. Your trainer must be have good verbal skills like public speaking, negotiating, presentations, knowledge sharing and conflict resolutions. Writing skills include preparing reports, drafting proposals and instruction manuals, notices, memos etc.
Interpersonal and Teamwork Skills
The trainer should be an effective speaker and should have good Interpersonal and teamwork skills to convey his thoughts. These skills contribute to higher productivity and better environment as people work together to reach common goals. This particular set of skill has has four dimensions namely—Cooperation, Communication, Work Ethic and Leadership.
- Cooperation – Learn to compromise of your view, treat team members with respect and always try to work within a consensus of the team.
- Communication – Make sure you have a to and fro communication with your team. Provide and invite feedback so that you resolve a conflict easily.
- Work Ethics – Take personal accountability for assigned work. Deliver on time also offer help or assistance to the rest of the team whenever needed.
- Leadership – Suggest plans, take initiatives, execute your plans, along with clarifying concepts, solving problems and summarizing the results and activities.
The fact that technology changes at a fast pace, changes the scenario of the contemporary organizations. They tend to evolve and change rapidly. Consequently, along with working hard, an employee of such organizations must be willing to be flexible and must respond quickly to this rapid change. One must be open to develop adaptability features like communicating across cultures, ready to work in a multicultural work environment, respect for other’s religious and social belief systems and faith avoiding cultural and racial discrimination.
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