Communication, Working Environment, Team Work, Soft Skills, Hard Skills
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT / 14 December 2016
Turn Connections into Opportunities with Soft Skills
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Jonathan Javier

Soft skills are critical to any individual, especially when looking for jobs, internships or networking opportunities. Soft skills, also known as “people skills”, are interpersonal skills used in relation to the way you react with others. They include communication, teamwork, patience, adaptability, process improvement, strong work ethic, and emotional intelligence skills, just to name a few. So just how do these soft skills turn an individual’s connections into opportunities? Here’s how: 


Teamwork:

Teamwork is key to any company because when you’re a part of a company, you are on a team, an organization. Also, during school, you may be placed into group projects in which you must collaborate on certain subjects, research, and topics. With efficient teamwork, new ideas and innovations can be implemented and created to benefit the company and society. Companies look for aspects of teamwork in an individual because many of their internships/opportunities consist of  projects where the individual must work with fellow interns or others in the company. For instance, when I interned at Sherwin-Williams, I was required to create a project with fellow interns to create a plan for the integration of two company cultures: Sherwin-Williams and Frazee Paint.


Communication:

In my opinion, the most important soft skill is communication because it is utilized in any company and in an individual’s everyday life to accomplish goals. You must have communication between others in order to gain a sense of knowledge of what is happening and to be efficient. In any company or organization, an individual must communicate with higher management or fellow employees in order to voice an opinion or accomplish suggestions.


Patience:

Sometimes, an individual must be patient when he/she is trying to obtain an objective or goal. Some goals are not attainable right away, as they take time and effort to achieve. An individual’s patience will ultimately help them attain the goal because they will not stress out and will stay focused on their objective. Also, when training a new employee or intern, fellow employees must be patient because they want the new employee to learn quickly and efficiently. By being impatient, the new employee might be pressured to make mistakes consistently because they are afraid and not comfortable in the working environment.


Time Management:

An individual must manage time between work, studies, and social life. By managing time, individuals are able to achieve their goals and objectives efficiently in a timely manner. One of the ways to manage time is to create a schedule of what you will do during the day. This schedule will inform you when to do certain objectives and will help with organization.


Strong Work Ethic:

Strong work ethic is critical to any individual. Strong work ethic not only motivates an individual to try their hardest but also is able to influence those around them. Working hard will also be noticed by higher management (and may be rewarded)! 


Leadership:

Leadership is key to any individual because leaders are the ones who come up with new ideas, motivate others, and who lead by example. By preferring to be a leader instead of a follower, an individual can lead an organization to generate profits and ultimately contribute to its efforts in expanding and executing new objectives.


These are just some of the soft skills that an individual needs to find more opportunities. By turning connections into opportunities, an individual is able to expand their social network and expand their knowledge about certain topics. My recommendation is to include these soft skills into your resume. If you need more skills to add onto your resume, check out ProSky’s training courses where you will learn both hard and soft skills working with real people and real companies! 

Soft skills don’t just help a person create opportunities; it creates a person’s future relations and attainment of realistic goals.