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Survey Reveals Majority of Employers Covet Soft Skills in Candidates

judgeIf you want to stand out from the pack (and by that we mean other candidates), then let your soft skills shine!

That’s because a new survey by CareerBuilder indicates that 77 percent of employers say soft skills are just important as hard skills.

We would argue in some cases they’re actually more important. After all, you can always teach someone Drupal or WordPress but you can’t always send them to charm school. And actually, 16 percent of employers in the survey said the skills associated with your personality and attitude trumps technical skills. Read more

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How to Become an Irresistible Employee That Everyone Adores

Want to be that guy or gal who everyone loves to be around at the office? Soft skills are invaluable in the workplace so there are a few ways, as pointed out by Forbes, as to how to be an easy going employee.

1. Say yes. After all, it has an open connotation. It’s inviting and as mentioned in the piece, “You never want to be known as the person who says ‘no.’ If you do, the invitations and opportunities will diminish.”

2. Be a helper and a solver.
Become a trouble shooter even if it’s something as minor as how to replace the printer cartridge. This is the opposite of the guy or gal you loathe who retorts under his or her breath, “That’s not my job.”

3. Respond quickly and briefly. Become a stronger communicator with brevity. And if you don’t know the answer or how to respond, simply write back to let the other person know you’re looking into it further.

4. Keep it positive. Even if you’re tempted to complain, save it for conversations outside the office. Talking about a problem may sometimes make it worse if it’s not a solution-centered thought.

5. Be Ethical. It goes a long way.

6. Stay Focused. This is particularly true if you’re juggling multiple deadlines but as mentioned in the piece, “When you know your expertise, you make yourself more predictable and reliable. Master one thing and aim to deliver it – every time.”

7. Express appreciation. Be grateful and acknowledge your colleagues for their recognitions. It could go far and just think, like smiling in the office, it’s free! All that’s required is conscious effort. You’ll be seen as a leader for appreciating skills of your peers and that special person everyone wants to collaborate with. After all, who wouldn’t want to surround themselves with positivity and recognition?

Five Ways to Get Better at Evaluating People

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, right?

Let’s face it: When we meet someone for the first time we’re compiling our overall impressions and assessing the situation. According to a Harvard Business Review blog, there are a few key factors to sizing it all up. Anthony Tjan points out a few key things to evaluate in particular during a job interview.

The author of Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck and managing partner and founder of venture capital firm Cue Ball, writes:

“In business and in life, the most critical choices we make relate to people. Yet being a good judge of people is difficult. How do we get better at sizing up first impressions, at avoiding hiring mistakes, at correctly picking (and not missing) rising stars? ….Judging on extrinsic and skill-based factors is a relatively objective and straightforward exercise. Gauging softer traits such as will or attitude is much, much harder, and takes one-on-one contact, attentive listening, and careful observation. That’s why it’s important to approach a job interview more as an attitudinal audition than a question-and-answer period around skills.” Read more