Discover how to develop your soft skills and grow your career! – WAU

Standing out in the job market today requires a lot of effort. The demands of companies are increasing: diploma from a good university, technical knowledge of specific software, years of experience and so on. And, in this universe of requirements, interpersonal skills – or soft skills – end up being forgotten, even if they are a natural part […]

Standing out in the job market today requires a lot of effort. The demands of companies are increasing: diploma from a good university, technical knowledge of softwares years of experience and so on.

And, in this universe of requirements, interpersonal skills – or soft skills – end up being forgotten, even if they are a natural part of all professional interaction.

Recruiters who analyze only the training and experience of candidates is no longer a reality. Increasingly, the ability to work in a team, creativity, the ability to solve problems, the ease to adapt to changes and other various factors have defined hiring and are reasons for career growth.

This is because knowing the behavioral profile of a professional is the best way to ensure that he performs his job well and fits the culture of the company.

In an increasingly competitive job market, developing your skills soft skills it is fundamental!

Do a self-analysis to determine what your innate skills are (those skills you have already developed and / or have naturally) to use to your advantage and which ones need improvement. On the other hand, it is equally important to search for soft skills more valued by the labor market and focus on achieving them.

Ideally, you should not only keep in mind what your soft skills stronger, but also know how to report experiences and examples that prove how you used your skills to achieve a positive result.

Doing this exercise will help you both in a job interview and in a performance evaluation with your superior.

Although each company prioritizes certain skills over others depending on the culture of the organization, the main characteristic of soft skills it is exactly the fact that they are valued in every work environment, as they represent particularities of the individual’s personality.

Learn about some of the main skills that attract the attention of recruiters and leaders when building your staff and identify yourself with them:

1. Teamwork

The way you interact with people at all hierarchical levels – be they superiors, customers, colleagues – defines what you can offer of value to the company as a whole, and not just to your sector or team. If you know how to communicate in order to motivate and inspire people, even better! This demonstrates that you have leadership skills, another soft skill highly valued in the professional universe.

2. Communication

First, it is necessary to “speak the language” of the company. Learn the most common jargon of the business and observe how people express themselves in each situation. Regardless of your role, knowing how to express yourself and articulate your ideas well is essential.

But remember that communication has two sides and only works if both parties know how to speak and how to listen.

If the company is multinational, being able to communicate in another language is practically mandatory. So if you were in doubt about starting that English course you’ve been putting off for years or signing up for the professional oratory workshop, it’s time to think again about the importance of these skills for your career.

3. Troubleshoot problems

Seeing setbacks and failures and looking for solutions in a proactive and autonomous way is a soft skill very valued. If you are able to have an analytical mind when dealing with a problem and focus on solving it in a way that does not compromise your productivity or that of your colleagues, this is an advantage you have at hand. Can’t you see yourself in this scenario? Then it’s time to start developing this skill!

4. Flexibility

In a society in constant and rapid transformation, being able to adapt to new habits, processes and ideas is essential for the survival of a professional. However, you must not forget to stay focused on your goals and have some stability in the way you work. Otherwise, your work can become confusing or you will get lost in the middle of information and not even finish it.

5. Creativity

A creative and innovative look is the differential that every company looks for in its team members, whether they are multinational or startups. Whether to reduce costs or improve a product or service, this soft skill is decisive for its prominence.

6. Critical thinking

Warning: do not confuse critical thinking with analytical thinking. The latter, mentioned in topic 3 as relevant to success in problem solving, is related to the ability to focus on facts and evidence, data and information, as the objective of transforming complex systems and methods into simple elements through coherent and logic.

Critical thinking, on the other hand, is about reflection. It happens when we analyze a situation or information deeply to form a judgment that gathers common sense and evidence.

“Critical thinking is successful when it effectively combines our senses or feelings with logic and intuition, all applied in a systematic way.” – Dr. Jon Warner

7. Leadership

It is the ability to make decisions and manage people in an altruistic way, that is, considering all angles and all involved. Leading means knowing how to manage time, delegating tasks according to the skills of each team member and dealing with pressure. So it is very important to know not only your own strengths and weaknesses, but also to identify the soft skills teammates.

8. Ethics at work

Perhaps one of the most difficult skills to develop, because it requires a change in mentality. But nothing impossible to achieve. Professionals with a strong ethical sense at work tend to adapt easily to company culture and new teams, because they understand the behavior that must be adopted at all times and what the consequences will be for all involved.

To develop or improve work ethics, be aware of the competencies related to this soft skill, such as: helpfulness, dedication, organization, independence, motivation, respect for deadlines and rules, persistence, punctuality, among others.

9. Reliability

One of the most valuable skills you can offer to both your employer and your client is to prove yourself worthy of their trust. A reliable professional creates security and a more balanced and stable work environment.

But it is important that trust comes from facts, that is, work with your team focusing on achieving results together. Make your actions true examples, and reliability will come as a consequence.

10. Willingness to teach

A professional aware of the importance of knowledge exchange in an organization does not only generate value for the company, but for him / her. Guiding new team members or even assisting colleagues who need some clarification in a specific area contributes to productivity and growth. So don’t just develop your skills, share them!

Know your soft skills it is an effective way to develop in your role, as it allows you to understand your strengths and weaknesses as a professional. So our tip is: invest as much time in the analysis and improvement of your interpersonal skills as in writing your resume, after all, they are responsible for highlighting your differentials.

At soft skills they are exactly that: much more than technical knowledge, they are part of the individual’s personality. Being able to use a software it is not enough if the professional does it without considering the company’s culture or is not willing to serve a colleague who does not have such knowledge or, still, uses this skill to demonstrate superiority.

Hence the importance of identifying one’s own interpersonal skills and those of the people around them: they add to their curriculum the human aspect that they neglect a lot to favor diplomas, when true professional experience unites both technique and behavior.

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