The Factual Truth about
Essential Workplace Skills
It is a proven fact that 15% of the reason you get a job is determined by your technical skills and knowledge – regardless of your profession, while 85% of the reason you get a job has to do with your essential workplace skills.
The rules for succeeding in business are constantly changing. Until a few years ago, technical competence and knowledge were key drivers of career growth and success. Soft skills were relegated to playing second fiddle, or ignored altogether. However, with changing times the scales have tipped, soft skills have emerged as a tool with enough power to make or break your career. They are Power Skills.
Technical knowledge and personal performances are being judged on the additional personal skills that you bring to the table and that you practice daily within your organization. Enhancement of soft skills is imperative to making businesses more profitable and a key factor in the selection of an employee.
Soft skills are those personality traits and interpersonal skills that balance technical skills and quantitative job requirements. Interestingly the acquisition of soft skills empowers you by allowing you to build flexibility into your future career plans. Key skills that make a difference include communication, customer service, leadership, teamwork, problem solving, project management and business etiquette. Having the required interpersonal soft skills provides a must-have foundation for your career growth. They give you the ability to take advantage of challenges and opportunities that will come your way. When you empower yourself, you stay ahead of the crowd.
Soft skills shape corporate cultures and are the catalyst for improving process efficiencies. Employers all over the world are exploring how a candidate's soft skills can help them determine which potential employee should be offered the job. When you are short listed and there are two or three remaining candidates, your soft skills alone can give you that extra edge that will help you win the race.
Technical Skill vs. Soft Skills? Which will get you further?
In a competitive environment, perception often reigns supreme. If your technical competencies are similar to those of other candidates how do you differentiate yourself? Technical skills have little value if you have poor skills. Technical skills alone may not lead to recognition, promotion and most importantly providing you with an opportunity. Technical skills together with the appropriate soft skills will give you the extra edge.
The 80/20 rule, also known as Pareto's Principle, states that 80% of your results come from only 20% of your actions. Focus on the 20% of the activities that produce 80% of the results in your life.
The essence of education is opportunity. The essence of your technical ability is opportunity. Use soft skills to cultivate opportunity. Use soft skills to grab opportunity. Keep the right perspective: your value, not just your technical expertise, is your power.
Facts cannot be changed,
but you can change the way of looking at facts!