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.