/ Asked by grace
What type of soft skills employers are looking for any job? Please give some examples.Do you have any resources you can refer me to? Thanks.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Soft skills are often skills that can be transferred from job to job and are seen as personal qualities and not a skill that can be taught. I would focus on researching types of soft skills that employers want – Communication, adaptability, flexibility, time management, leadership skills, being a team player and many more and then narrow down the key soft skills you may have. Once you understand what soft skills make you unique, I would focus fine tuning these skills. If you feel that you lack a soft skill that would be great to have, you should do some research to find little ways to practice this skill. For example, say you lack flexibility – You can start to take little steps to becoming more flexible, which is a great skill to have in the working environment. Your first step could be trying something new that is out of your comfort zone, this will help you understand how to try new things and go with the flow since the outcome will be unknown
Sometimes the best place to find different ways of working on different skills is using Google. Google has many sources and ideas that you will be able to try. Just remember to stick to who you are and not what the internet says you have to be. Employers want someone who is genuine, rather than someone who is just acting the part.
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Wednesday, November 18, 2015
There are so many soft skills that employers are looking for and so many resources available to help build those skills.  Here are just a few that employers are looking for:  excellent verbal and written communicators, individuals that have great time management skills; they show up on time (or early!)  and can meet deadlines, they are also looking for employees that can problem solve and make good decisions.  It is also a benefit to be able to demonstrate learning agility, giving specific examples of something that you picked up / learned very quickly.  These are just a few and there are often hints as to what employers are looking for in their job descriptions, so utilize that to get specific direction as to what may be most important for that employer.   As for resources, check out your career center, or the internet (training.simplicable.com/training).  Good Luck! 


Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, November 20, 2015
There are the typical soft skills that all employers expect such as communication skills, ability to work effectively in a team, and being proactive.  The one skill that can set you apart from other candidates and employees, however, is leadership ability.  The mistake people make is thinking that there is only one way to show leadership skills.  Leadership can be expressed in multiple ways and from people with very different personalities.  It is incorrect to assume that only those who are vocal and aggressive are good leaders.  You obtain leadership skills by being in formal leadership positions, but it also true that you can display leadership in other ways, such as on a project team.  In this case, you may not be the formal leader, but you can assume a leadership role stepping up and taking on a difficult task and doing so very effectively. 
If you have done this in school or on the job, be sure to illustrate this on your resume and discuss in an interview.  Leadership ability is the one soft skill that can differentiate you from other candidates.

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