Making Your Soft Skills Work Hard for You
Not always the obvious key to a successful job interview, it is up to us as recruiters, even in the skilled sector of construction, to help you prepare for ALL aspects of getting that job.
What are soft skills
If hard skills are quantifiable skills that can be easily defined and gained through training, education and learning on the job, soft skills on the other hand, are people skills. They are the communication abilities that a person needs for success on the job, and they are much harder to learn.
Why are soft skills important
Most jobs, particularly within the construction industry, require hard skills; Authorizations gained through qualifications are non-negotiable when you are hiring a project manager to run a multi-million pound development for example!
Soft skills however are essential to ALL job titles. Being able to work with other people and bring a positive influence to a company is invaluable.
Having the ability to communicate well with a team and with a good attitude and motivation, makes candidates very adaptable employees that can work anywhere and with anyone.
How to make your soft skills work for you
When you come across a job that you want to apply for, have a think and make a list of the soft skills you have that are relevant to that job. Compare your list of soft skills with the job listing. Which of your soft skills do you think would be most useful in this job – make a point of writing these particular ones down to include in your cv/resume.
It is important to mention these soft skills in your cover letter too. Pick one or two soft skills you have that appear to be the most important for the job you’d like and provide evidence that shows you have those particular skills.
Don’t forget to highlight these soft skills in your interview. You can mention examples of times you have displayed some of these skills in the past at work, but also try to demonstrate your soft skills during the interview itself; be friendly and approachable, show your ability to interact with others and pay particular attention while the interviewer is talking to show your listening skills. This will demonstrate your soft skills clearly to the hiring manager.
Try not to underestimate the power of people skills. These do not neccessarily come naturally to everyone and they are well worth working on!
Our consultants are happy to talk to you about this in more detail and help you prepare your applications and practise job interviews.