You’re skilled at executing your tasks at work but is that enough to succeed?

Unfortunately, no, but soft skills can get you there!

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What Are Soft Skills?

Soft skills are non-technical skills that enable you to:

  • Work effectively with with colleagues

  • Respond constructively to others' ideas

  • Resolve issues, challenges, problems, and conflicts

  • Build trust with others

  • Manage your work

Here are just a few examples of soft skills:

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Teamwork and Collaboration

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Empathy

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Growth mindset

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What are soft skills?

Skills that are easy

Technical skills

Skills you can apply to any workplace

Knowing how to stuff pillows

How Are They Different From Hard Skills?

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  • Proficiency in a foreign language

  • Ability to build a deck

  • Typing speed

  • Computer programming

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  • Communication

  • Leadership

  • Flexibility

  • Time management

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Ahmad and Rolake are new hires at a tech company. Which of the following is a soft skill that would help them in their new positions?

Launching a marketing campaign

Exceeding their sales targets

Exhibiting good teamwork

Coding in Python

Soft Skills Are Fundamental

What is the most important soft skill? The quick answer to this question is none!

All soft skills are important as they relate to how we work and succeed on the job, and underlie all of our hard skills.

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Team players, collaborators, and innovative thinkers are in high demand and soft skills make the difference between an average performer and a star!

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Which of these does soft skills NOT equip you to do?

Work effectively in teams

Problem solving

Conflict management

Fix a car

Take Action

To gain a competitive advantage in your job search use soft skills to showcase the full potential of your hard skills.

The good news is, soft skills can be practiced and learned!

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This Byte has been authored by

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Oluwatofe Adejumo

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Precious Ajoonu

Head, Youth Engagement & Learning