In work environments, academic training has always been considered when applying for one job or another. At present, this condition is still in force. However, human resources professionals tend to pay attention also to skills that do not depend on educational qualification.
Motivation, active listening, or teamwork are some of the qualities that are taken into consideration in the selection processes and even in the new processes of attention to the human capital of companies.
This new way of understanding the relationship with workers is motivated by the changing world we have been facing for some years now and which has increased since the covid19 pandemic burst into our lives.
What are soft skills?
These skills are increasingly in demand by companies and are called soft skills. They are those social and personal competencies that are acquired in everyday life (or worked on with the help of coaching) and that enables people to integrate optimally into work environments.
We already said in a post that technological skills are increasingly attractive in today's market. However, experts insist that these skills must be complemented by soft skills. Nowadays, in the selection processes, they pay a lot of attention to the personality of the professional, their character, and how they relate to their environment.
Some soft skills that will make you find work
That's why, in this post, we're going to compile some of the soft skills that are so in demand in today's organizations. Take note!
Know how to reflect, make self-criticism and constructive criticism of an essential process. Analyzing what we have in front of us, looking at things from different points of view, and rethinking what has already been established is a dynamic skill that opens the door to innovation.
Companies need staff who can stand up to uncertainty
It could be one of the main soft skills. The soft skill on which the focus is put. This year we have had the perfect example of flexibility in the face of a situation unknown and even unprecedented for the new generations. That's why companies need staff who are able to stand up to uncertainty. Professionals with the ability to acquire knowledge in various disciplines and be able to adapt to all situations.
Emotions are also part of the daily life of the office. We need to take them into account in a work context. Understanding and managing one's own and others' emotions, a correct use of nonverbal language or the development of empathy are key points for a more prosperous working relationship.
Communicating clearly and directly in a respectful manner is complicated, but we must do it. By being an assertive person, you can defend your rights or express a contrary attitude from a less invasive and harmful point of view.
A proactive person is one who can prioritize work while going the extra mile. It is an attitude of looking for opportunities and ideas or anticipating possible mistakes and problems.
Experts have shown that working in a group brings richness to the proyect. In a team, we work faster and with greater motivation. In addition, having this notion of a group makes us capable of putting the common good before our own, which is essential for business growth.
These are just some of the soft skills that companies consider today in their selection processes. Many professionals already have them in place and others just need the impetus to develop them within the organization and grow. At a time of so much uncertainty, we must resort to those tools that machines do not have and that are a strong potential.