Gatwick Diamond employers want you to demonstrate that you have employability skills. Some of them might want to see specific qualifications. ALL of them will want to see evidence of ‘soft skills’.
What are ‘Soft Skills’?
Soft skills, also known as interpersonal skills or people skills, are the personal qualities that characterise a person’s relationships with other people. They include communication skills, conflict resolution and negotiation, common sense, creative problem solving, a sense of humour, strategic thinking, team building, influencing skills and selling skills, to name a few.
In the workplace, soft skills are often considered to be as important as hard skills, which refer to a person’s knowledge and ability to perform a certain type of task or activity. Whereas hard skills can be learned and perfected over time, soft skills are more difficult to acquire and change. Read more on this article about soft skills.
Of the ten most important employability skills determined by local businesses, five are soft and five are hard skills.
Recruitment Consultancies and Agencies know what employers (their clients) look for in applicants and employees; watch this video for some advice from a Director of Crawley and Brighton based Search Consultancy.
It’s often said that hard skills on your CV will get you an interview but you need soft skills to get (and keep) the job.
. . . you can Meet some employers for a reminder of the skills, qualifications and experience that you will need to get a job in each sector.
. . . you can also visit BEACH – Brighton Employability Advice & Careers Hut – to explore what employers in Brighton & Hove are saying about what they want.