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soft skills, career development

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In the professional world, we often talk about hard skills and soft skills.

Hard skills are those attributes that are easy to measure and represent – things like college degrees, training skills that can be proven by certificates, speaking a foreign language, knowing how to operate a certain kind of design software, etc.

Soft skills are those things that are much less tangible. Things like self-motivation, reliability, over-delivering, etc.

I recently came across this jobspotting.com post that calls out 7 soft skills we should all work on developing in 2016:

  1. EQ (Emotional Intelligence Quotient)
  2. Communication Skills
  3. Decision-Making
  4. Integrity
  5. Drive
  6. Focus
  7. Balance

The post does a very good job of breaking down what makes each of these traits essential, and I hope you read it.

But I also hope you will realize this: anyone can attain hard skills. You do the training, take the classes or do whatever else you need to attain tangible skills. But soft skills either come naturally or they don’t. But if things like drive or focus doesn’t come naturally to you, then don’t worry. These are things that can also be taught, learned and brought to life at any point in your career.

Let me know if you’d like to talk further about how you can develop YOUR skills. And of course join us this Thursday, March 3rd at Job Shapers Network where you will meet others who seek the same soft skills you do!