Why Soft skills

Soft skills are required for employees and job seekers in order to succeed in their career.


This term “soft skills” is often associated with a set of behaviors and traits that relate to an individual’s ability to interact with other people, whether it be one-on-one or in a group. Soft skills are personal attributes that allow us to effectively relate to others. Applying these skills helps us build stronger work relationships, work more productively, and maximize our career prospects. Often we place the focus of our career development efforts on hard skills – technology skills, knowledge, and other skills that specifically relate to our ability to get work-related tasks done. This means we neglect to develop our soft skills. However, soft skills are directly transferable to any job, organization, or industry. As a result, they are an investment worth making. Examples of soft skills include:
  • Communication
  • Listening
  • Showing Empathy
  • Networking
  • Self-confidence
  • Giving and receiving feedback
communications, team building, and conflict resolution. In many organizations, soft skills are context by the culture and desired behaviors of the organization. Soft skills are contrasted with “hard skills” that describe capabilities needed to perform tasks, such as industry expertise and process knowledge.