Exhibiting attributes such as excellent communication skills, a positive attitude, and the ability to work well as part of a team, are rapidly overtaking the usual suspects such as language skills or computer programming.
It seems that the most sought after qualities for today’s top employers are those loosely referred to as the ‘soft skills’, or ‘emotional intelligence’.
Recent reports indicate that many employers do not recruit candidates only for what they may have learned at university, but for qualities like strength of character, determination and resolve. The thought process being that ‘business-specific’ technical knowledge can be acquired if the soft skills and emotional intelligence already exist.
The right stuff…
Do you have what it takes to claim emotional intelligence? Here are some indicators:
- Trustworthy, loyal, dependable. Businesses value employees they can trust to get the job done. Demonstrate your work ethic by being on time, and reliable. It’s imperative to meet deadlines, show you’re a team player, and prove that you can stay focused whilst at work.
- Creative, inventive, resourceful. Irrespective of your position, many employers will – on occasion – expect you to make a presentation of some sort. Being able to engage your audience, convey information succinctly, and gain their understanding may be the deal-breaker.
- Problem solving, critical thinking. Your ability to overcome a challenge in the workplace will serve you well. Demonstrate your capacity to solve problems, and face obstacles at work, in a resourceful fashion.
- Coaching, leadership, mentoring. You will always be judged a strong candidate if you show willing to help your fellow team members and co-workers. Volunteering to take the lead on a project shows courage and ambition.
- Cultural fit, compatibility, ethics. It’s important that you reflect the company’s culture. Prospective employers will be searching for candidates who share their corporate outlook.
- Flexible, adaptable, focused. Have a ‘can do’ attitude, and understand that targets and tasks may need to be changed at very short notice. If you are able to quickly adapt whilst still remaining focused on the objectives then you are indeed any company’s dream employee!
- Have an opinion, accept feedback, be open to change. Team members who are confident in their ideas, but also happily give and receive feedback, are key influencers in many workplaces. Be sure that you not only share ideas but give considered answers to any questions, and challenge others’ thoughts respectfully.
At Right Trax Training, we specialise in developing your business through your key asset; your people. View our range of interpersonal skills workshops and get in touch to find out how we can help you and your people to develop these important attributes!