Soft skills to help drive success in any role.
Soft skills are the abilities that help you interact effectively with other people. Communication, teamwork, adaptability, and interpersonal skills help you collaborate and connect with people, no matter what industry you’re in or what problems you’re trying to solve.
According to Brie Weiler Reynolds, a career development manager and career coach at FlexJobs, “Communication is really the foundation of good remote work.” Virtual communication can be harder than in-person connections, but it’s a necessary skill.
For many employers, good communication skills are a big priority. When not in person with coworkers, how do you convey your communication style? How do you come across on emails, phone calls, or virtual meetings? If you can demonstrate communication skills virtually and in person, it’ll be looked on kindly by potential employers.
Knowing how to avoid unnecessary conflict, resolve disputes when they happen, and move forward amicably is a valuable skill.
Teams can include various personalities, work styles, backgrounds, and opinions. If you can’t work well with people who are different from you, that can stop a project in its tracks. However, if you’re able to see the value in others, understand what everyone brings to the project, and know how everyone’s roles relate, you can avoid frustration and contribute to everyone’s success.
Time management skills help you make the most of your working hours, meet deadlines, and stay on track. They can also help you cultivate a healthy work-life balance.
Projects change, often at the worst possible time. When a shake-up inevitably comes your way, you need to be ready for it. Being able to figure out a new situation can help mitigate stress, too. If you’re confident in your ability to handle change, you’ll feel better about yourself, your work, and your contribution to the team.
There are always opportunities to improve, regardless of your knowledge or experience. No one can do everything, but nearly everyone has the potential to leverage their skills, find a job that fits them, and do the kind of work they find interesting and fulfilling. When you know what your strengths and interests are, and when you cultivate them and stay curious about how to grow, you can flourish both professionally and everywhere else.