It’s a fear common to job-hunters. You send your resume to a hundred employers, targeting those positions you feel you have a shot at. Some do not call, while some do get in touch and invite you for an interview. But after the first meeting, you do not get to hear from the recruiters.
It can be frustrating especially when you know someone who, modesty aside, you believe you can beat in terms of experience but gets hired right away.
You wonder what’s wrong with your application.
There are several factors that influence the hiring manager's decision whether to give an applicant a chance or not. And among those are soft skills. Employers deem another hopeful more qualified because they have stronger soft skills. These soft skills are as crucial as the hard skills. They are a combination of your social skills, attitude and personality.
Believe it or not, there are recruiters who see hard skills a lot easier to learn than the soft skills. This is where they are coming from for tossing the application of a highly-qualified over someone who is less experienced. Do yourself a favor and evaluate your skills.
You might have pursued further studies or are carrying an impressive professional background but anytime, you may lose an opportunity if your soft skills aren’t as effective.
No one wants to work with a difficult employee. You may have a solid background on the industry yet if you do not connect well with your colleagues, and are often reported for negative attitude, then you can at the same time, be a nightmare for the bosses.You are likely to be perceived as more of a trouble than an asset.
This only goes to show that hard skills are not enough to landing jobs.
It takes longer to change attitudes than learn more about job responsibilities. What brings in more headaches to managers is that these employees with attitude problems also affect the rest of their teammates. They make life hard for everyone they are working with.
As a job-seeker, you need to understand that these soft skills are necessary to gaining positive impression from employers. Incorporate in your cover letter how you are as a team member. Use specific examples to solidify your statements. Your attitude can compensate for any hard skills you may be lacking.
This does not mean though that you can apply for a position that is unrelated to your background.
You cannot, for one, apply as an accountant when you were an English major throughout and your work experience has nothing to do with accounting. This works for people with lower educational attainment and shorter professional experience but are on the same industry.
Here is a rundown of essential, transferable soft skills:
• Resourceful: Is able to maximize resources at their disposal when not provided to them readily. Are able to look for solutions when issues arise unexpectedly.
• Flexible: Are highly dependent because they can easily adjust to varying situations.
• Confident: Is knowledgeable on subject at hand and becomes even more authoritative because they know how to carry themselves.
• Effective communicator: Expressing one's self well. Listening to other’s opinion and feedback. Can take cues from body language to gauging which ones should and need not be told verbally.
• Team-player: Being able to work well with others, despite varying roles - sometimes the leader, sometimes as a follower. Extending assistance where it is needed.Last modified on Thursday, 29 August 2013 16:17