Do you have the right soft skills?
Associated with a person’s emotional intelligence quotient, soft skills are a combination of qualities that define the intrinsic individual – namely, your personality.
How do you stack up to our soft skills list?
If you’re always seeing the glass as half empty, then chances are you will be projecting that to your employer, despite the words that come out of your mouth. Shown with body language, eye contact, tone and even the way you choose to word your sentences; your attitude is hard to escape.
Along with making you a well-liked worker, being positive will give you the benefit of forming good relationships with co-workers and being passionate about your work.
If an employer feels like they have to sell you the job, chances are they won’t bother calling you back.
You’ve poured hours into a project, spent many a sleepless night fuelled by coffee and a drive for success – and now you’ve reached a setback. Do you forge ahead, or spend a week in lockdown crying into your pillow?
Resilience is the difference between handling yourself under pressure and falling apart at the seams. Tying in with stress management and positivity, resilience is a skill that some people naturally have – and one that others can learn.
If an employer asks you questions regarding how you manage stress and how you deal with setbacks, draw on examples of your use of resilience.
On the topic of setbacks, there are always going to be mistakes, setbacks, disagreements and differing points of view in a working environment. Despite wanting to yell/scream/cry, you need to be able to deal with your emotions in a socially appropriate manner.
Emotion regulation gives you the ability to deal appropriately with workplace interaction in a variety of situations, be it pressure, awkwardness or confronting discussions.
At the end of the day, your employer wants you to turn up on time, do your job effectively and be a positive contribution to their working environment. In other words, they want you to be dependable.
Waiting for someone to hand you a task doesn’t exactly paint you as a model employee. Being pro-active in your work by taking initiative shows dedication and passion; if there are no immediate tasks on your plate, get started on something constructive.
Show your potential employer you have initiative during your interview by showcasing portfolio pieces, and any observations you have made about the company from an outsider point of view (make it useful).