Probably you have heard about the importance of “Skills” million times before. Yes, people talk about it, and you might notice it’s always needed in job descriptions, there are numerous workshops on this topic. But what does a Skill really mean, its types, and is it really a deal maker or a deal breaker?
Skills differ from talents as they are typically learned so all you will need is to practice. By the word “skill” we mean the ability to do something perfectly well. Skills are the abilities that one possesses. The significance of mentioning your skills in your CV is that it usually leaves an impression about your best techniques and it also reveals a part from the character that makes you more qualified for a certain job.
But let’s agree that there are generic skills that any employer will look for no matter what job you are applying for whether it’s a junior, senior, or managerial position; and they can be classified into: Soft Skills and Hard Skills.
1. Soft Skills:
According to Mrs. Peggy Klaus, communication expert, “Soft Skills get a little respect, but will make or break your career”. YES! One qualification might get you to the door, but it would be Soft Skills that will probably get you the Job!
And to illustrate more, Soft Skills are skills that you tend to use in your everyday life. At home, in a supermarket, in school, at street…it’s a part of who you are and how you deal with people in an interpersonal communication.
They are the skills of patience, attitude, positive thinking, ability to handle criticism, work ethic, being a team player, good listener, communicating and influencing others, being really, and friendly. Use those Skills as Keywords in your resume. But be aware that this might draw the attention and you might be asked to actually show it.
For example, if you are going to an interview as a Receptionist, you need to have more abilities then just to work on a PC or a telephone system; such as having strong communication skills, you need to be able to handle your own workload, and to manage your time effectively.
2. Hard Skills:
They are the Knowledge and certain abilities required for the job. You will needs to exert an effort to enhance those skills. For example, proficiency in a foreign language: If you are going to apply for a job in an offshore call center which serves France or US you have to be fluent in French and English.
Remember! Practice makes it perfect!
Every Interviewer wants to see YOU. It’s not all about what would your CV include. They want to know what type of person you are and to make sure you are somebody they would enjoy working with.
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