Soft Skills For Today’s Job Market

Let’s face it, interviewing is a challenge. Many of us feel that we do not match up to the desired job although we have the skillset for it. One way to boost your confidence in becoming the top pick for a company is to expand on your soft skills in addition to your hard skills.

Hard skills are the requirements on job postings. For example, to become a medical physician, a candidate would most likely need to be skilled in diagnostic testing and understand medical terminology. On the other hand, soft skills are the different skills tied to your personality that define how you navigate the professional world and interact with others and your work. These skills aren’t required or typically listed on job postings but they determine how well you fit in with a company and its culture.

Here are some of the soft skills you could utilize:

  1. Critical Thinking

The ability to analyze a situation or issue and take appropriate action is an undervalued skilled. Companies want an employee who can problem solve on their own before asking for help. This also shows that an employee would not need constant supervision and can be trusted to complete work in a way that makes sense.

  1. Communication

While you do not need to be a professional speaker, most organizations do want an employee that can explain their thoughts and reasoning as well as understand others. Without communication skills, it can be challenging for coworkers and managers to all understand each other and the work they are doing.

  1. Teamwork

Working together well is a necessity. Businesses typically strive for people who can integrate into a team easily and become a valuable and fair member. Without having teamwork capabilities, it can be impossible for everyone to get their work completed.

Although hard skills are necessary, adding in these soft skills may help you get ahead in today’s job market. What are some other soft skills you think are important? Comment below.

Applying for Job in a Pandemic

While remote jobs have been an option for a while, many of us are still learning to navigate the virtual world whether it’s operating a Zoom meeting, switching to working in a home office or even applying for a position with a fully remote company. Some of us may wonder if we’re choosing the right business to apply and eventually work for. While there isn’t a surefire way to know, there are options to help you evaluate the company.

  1. Network with employees. Prior to applying, try to set up a quick call with someone who is in the department you hope to work in to discuss the pros and cons of the company.
  2. Research the company. Be sure to check out their reviews on various platforms such as Google Reviews and Glassdoor.
  3. Take your time if you can. A rushed job search could put you in a less than ideal situation. If you have the option to, look into what other companies are offering in comparison for the same job and industry.

How are you going about applying for jobs during the pandemic?

Three Ways You Can Make A Change

Our Account Manager, Mary Alice, stitched homemade masks.
Our Account Manager, Mary Alice, stitched homemade masks.

With businesses still in the process of opening, many who regularly volunteer in their community are left wondering how they can continue to make an impact. The good news is that virtual work is becoming more popular as technology continues to grow. In addition, short-term opportunities arise frequently based on events and happenings nearby.

Here are three ways you can continue to make a change today:

  1. Apply for a contact tracing position with Astyra.
  2. Stitch homemade masks and give them away.
  3. Virtually teach students.

If none of these meet your skill set, a great resource to find other virtual volunteer opportunities is https://www.volunteermatch.org/. Have additional ideas? Comment them below!