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The Top 60 Soft Skills at Work

Author: Sashikumar Chandran
Article Category: General Interest, Tips
  Published on Feb 10, 2008 : 02:54:17 PM
Abstract:
Soft skills play a vital role for professional success;This article focuses on good soft skills which are in fact scarce in the highly competitive corporate world will help you stand out in a milieu of routine job seekers with mediocre skills and talent.

Courtesy: Rediff.com



 



Amit Kumar did his M Tech from IIT, New Delhi. He has an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad. But, he still could not get the job of his choice during campus recruitment.



Reason: Blame it on his soft skills; or, rather, the lack of them.



These include communication, listening, negotiation, etiquette, language skills etc. Hence, he could not compete with his fellow students who got better jobs.



Soft skills play a vital role for professional success; they help one to excel in the workplace and their importance cannot be denied in this age of information and knowledge.



 



The Smyth County Industry Council, a governing body based in the US, conducted a survey recently. The result of the survey was called the Workforce Profile, which found an across-the-board unanimous profile of skills and characteristics needed to make a good employee. The people most likely to be hired for available jobs have what employers call soft skills.



 



Here were some of the findings according to the workforce study:



 



The most common traits, mentioned by virtually every employer, were:



v       Positive work ethic 



v       Good attitude



v      Desire to learn and be trained



 



Mohan Rao, a technical director with Emmellen Biotech Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Mumbai defines a 'good attitude: It is a behavioural skill, which cannot be taught. However, it can be developed through continuous training. It represents the reactive nature of the individual and is about looking at things with the right perspective. You must be ready to solve problems proactively and create win-win situations. And you must be able to take ownership ie responsibility for your actions and lead from the front without calling it quits at the most critical moment.

Most of the business leaders observed that they could find workers who have hard skills ie the capability to operate machinery or fulfill other tasks, but many potential hires lack the soft skills that a company needs. 

CEOs and human resource managers said they are ready to hire workers who demonstrate a high level of soft skills and then train them for the specific jobs available. The ever-changing impact of technology has given hard-skills-only workers a short shelf life.



 



According to results of the Workforce Profile, (source: http://www.workforce.com) the more valuable employee is one who can grow and learn as the business changes.



 



Soft skills are as important, if not more important, than traditional hard skills to an employer looking to hire -- regardless of industry or job type. This could offer a major breakthrough as educators and training providers seek to develop and cluster training courses to fit business and industry needs.



 



Top 60 soft skills

The Workforce Profile defined about 60 soft skills, which employers seek. They are applicable to any field of work, according to the study, and are the personal traits and skills that employers state are the most important when selecting employees for jobs of any type.































































































































































































































































S.No



Skill



S.No



Skill



1



Math



31



Valuing education



2



Safety



32



Personal chemistry



3



Courtesy



33



Willingness to learn



4



Honesty



34



Common sense



5



Grammar



35



Critical thinking skills



6



Reliability



36



Knowledge of fractions



7



Flexibility



37



Reporting to work on time



8



Team skills



38



Use of rulers and calculators



9



Eye contact



39



Good personal appearance



10



Cooperation



40



Wanting to do a good job



11



Adaptability



41



Basic spelling and grammar



12



Follow rules



42



Reading and comprehension



13



Self-directed



43



Ability to follow regulations



14



Good attitude



44



Willingness to be accountable



15



Writing skills



45



Ability to fill out a job application



16



Driver's license



46



Ability to make production quotas



17



Dependability



47



Basic manufacturing skills training



18



Advanced math



48



Awareness of how business works



19



Self-supervising



49



Staying on the job until it is finished



20



Good references



50



Ability to read and follow instructions



21



Being drug free



51



Willingness to work second and third shifts



22



Good attendance



52



Caring about seeing the company succeed



23



Personal energy



53



Understanding what the world is all about



24

 

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 » About the Author
Name: Sashikumar Chandran
Details: Hailing from Annikorai, and being grandson of Mr. M.N.Natarajan, former secretary of LD Bank, Ooty, I have done my schooling in annikorai itself and moved onto Ooty Arts college to pursue graduation in physics.Later started teaching computer technolo

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