Soft Skills Versus Technical Skills
Every job requires a certain number of abilities, techniques, knowledge, and dedication towards the work that has to be assigned. The applicant must have some of it. However, it is apt to note that those skills might not be something that you would have thought of before. A job ad can very well look like this: “Hiring now! The ideal candidate should have the following characteristics:
Proficiency in SEO, Creative Writing, Proficiency in MS-Excel, Time Management skills, Good communication skills
As you can very well see, the skillset expected is not very linear. Two different kinds of abilities are looked for. They can be divided into soft skills and technical or hard skills.
Before defining the two, let’s put out attention to the content given above. SEO, Creative Writing and MS-Excel are things that one can learn in school, or through certification.
Meanwhile, skills like time management and good communication are not overtly taught. Technical skills, thus, skills that can be taught via an official program. They are unique to each job. Each hiring manager looks for a certain group of technical skills. Things like Computer programming and analytical research comes under this tag. They can also be taught through interactive media such as videos or audios and even different certifications. These skills appear in your resume or cover letter. They behave as keywords for the recruiters, scanning over the important skill set to shortlist you for the job. Soft skills, on the other hand, is more intrapersonal or interpersonal skill. They are not taught explicitly and individuals often acquire these skills through their own experiences. These skills are important in all respects, irrespective of the job you are hoping to apply for. Things like Time management, diligence, good communication, creativity and problem-solving are some of the soft skills. Many of thesneed to be showcased for recruiters to know that you possess them. Putting them down on paper is not enough as these are performative and need to be constantly reinforced through your work. That certainly does not mean that you cannot put your soft skills in your resume.
Combined with hard skills, they can further boost your chances of being recruited.
However, the most sought out are these:
There are many soft skills out there.
Communication skills: Whether it be oral or written, communication is a key skill to have. In any workplace, it is important to express oneself carefully and in a formal yet approachable manner. If an individual is a part of sales, this skill is your best friend. Some of the aspects to keep in mind for communication are clarity in thought, empathy, written and verbal communication.
Teamwork: Every single industry looks for people who are good at teamwork. It is not about an individual win, but rather the team moving further. To do well in a team, one must always have the capacity to resolve conflict, listen actively, collaborate and cooperate with fellow team members
Time Management: This one is a skill that anyone should have. At the end for the day, everyone gets 24 hours and individuals should plan enough time to work as well as relax in order to get maximum productivity. It is important to set a goal and prioritize work, and plan the day, the week and the month in advance with much flexibility.
Stress Management: While this may not seem like a very important soft skill, stress management comes in the top ten skills everyone should have. Ideally, workers have everything in control, but things seldom happen ideally. This is linked with time management. If anybody wants to get maximum work done, it is important to give them time to relax. Even a five-minute break can do wonders.
Each industry has a particular kind of requirement. Some skills surpass these boundaries and are useful in most industries, if not all. Skills discussed below are some of them:
Programming: It is given that software engineers know how to code. However, the very basic knowledge of HTML, Python and C++ can take people a long way. Even Writers are expected to know the basics of HTML in this technology lead era. The Internet provides various outlets for one to learn to program.
Digital marketing: No more is being adept in social media enough; you must know the intricate working that goes behind the scenes. Things like Search Engine Optimizations (SEO), Digital Media and Networking are all important parts of Digital marketing. Learning these skills is imperative if you wish to go further in any job even remotely connected to digital marketing.
Technical Writing: Having a way with the pen is not the end of it. Anyone willing to work with writing needs to know the ins and outs of formal writing. How to draft an email, how to conduct proper research to get secured data and being Subject Matter Experts are just some of the important aspects of it. Thankfully the world is filled with options to learn the same.
Microsoft Office: Yes, everyone has used Office products at least once in their lives. Just knowing the basics of it is not enough though. Learning how to use Formula functions in MS-Excel, using text boxes and SmartArt in MS-Office and knowing how to make appealing presentations in MS-PowerPoint while being formal are some of the most important skills anybody needs to have.
Written By:- Amber Keshari, Shubhr Aakriti
Edited By:- Ashutosh Dhar Dwivedi, Zeya Ullah Saif