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SKILLS DEVELOPMENT / 14 December 2016
6 Most Important Soft Skills You Need in 2016
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Clay McKnight

Teamwork is not a choice. In the increasingly team-oriented work world that we live in, skills that help you foster good relationships are crucial and necessary for getting hired and doing well at your job. We work in teams all the times, and even when we don’t think we are working in teams. Teamwork most obviously means working with others to accomplish a common goal (much like you would if you were working on a project with a mentor), but less obvious, and just as important, teamwork can mean to work alongside others harmoniously every day and not necessarily for the duration of one project. 

Don’t let companies overlook you, here are 6 skills you need to master in this dynamic job market:

1. Communication 

You should be able to communicate easily with anyone you may encounter in your career. Problems usually arise due to miscommunication; if you’re able to clearly convey ideas with words, the chance of an issue occurring drops. If you are working on a project with others, having the ability to communicate efficiently is crucial to the overall success. Simple things like chatting in real time, being able to upload files and share your screen can help to really bridge that gap. Communication in the workplace is key to the overall success of the team. 

2. Leadership

Leadership is a must. You may not always be the person in charge, but you should always be prepared to give advice or answers. This can make you stand out as an employee who truly cares about his/her company. If you are working on a project for ProSky, you can show off your amazing leadership skills by taking charge of the tasks assigned by the hiring department mentor, stand out and increase your chances of getting hired.

3. Negotiation 

Whether it’s a corporate deal, a pay raise from your boss, or a late submission request to your professor, understanding the principles of argumentation helps. There are many best practices for when it comes to negotiation that begins with having respect for the topic at hand and the people involved. This TIME article has come up with 4 basic principles of negotiation that are worth taking into consideration. Effectively negotiating can also give you respect. People tend to respect people that have great negotiating skills and that is because within it lies so many other important skill sets like listening, controlling your emotions no matter the situation and getting people to understand what you are saying. These are all traits of a great leader. 

4. Motivating Energy 

To motivate others is to inspire the people around you to GET STUFF DONE. Your presence can inspire your colleagues to be innovative or take risks to find a solution to a problem. It is said that "energy flows where attention goes." This is a very powerful statement because it essentially means that the feelings and thoughts you have associated with whatever it is you spend your time focusing on, that is going to be reflected into your energy. It is impossible to focus on everything all at once, but the attitude that you have towards the things you are focusing on is infectious and will affect your surroundings. Make sure it is positively affecting and not negatively. 

5. Influential Presence 

Being influential ties together with being able to motivate others. Whether it’s for a group assignment or a ProSky projectship, if you can influence others to get things done, your team’s productivity and output will grow. The way that you influence others can say a lot to others about the person that you are. If you want to own your own business someday, having an influential presence is incredibly important to your company morale. As a student, you can be influential to your team members, to less fortunate in your community and in your fraternities and other club activities. 

6. Problem Solving 

This is a no-brainer. If you can solve the trickiest problems, your boss will love you. Every company has minute problems that you don’t see; ask around to find out WHAT these problems are, then spend some extra time figuring out the best solution. If this doesn’t make you shine, I don’t know what will. As obvious as it may seem, sometimes we cannot help but feel like we need to complain without providing solutions. Part of problem-solving is being solution oriented for things that are not necessarily your problem. It is a huge plus when you can provide solutions to problems that do not directly impact you. 

Soft skills are critical to team success, but they’re only half of the puzzle. Technical skills like SEO, coding language, and business sales skills will get you past the doors and keep you at the company. 

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