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Importance of Soft Skills Trainings

 On an average, out of 100 per cent eligibility/performance criteria of a company for a job or promotion, only up to 25 per cent comprises the technical skills and the experience whereas the remaining 75 per cent comprises of the soft skills like leadership skills, decision-making skills, team work, strategic thinking etc. In Canada, only 33 per cent of employees are possessing the required soft skills for the job according to the senior executives whereas the remaining 67 per cent are lacking those skills and this is not so different in remaining part of the world. This is mainly due to the lack of the soft skills trainings which is very important for an employee or a student to compete with the growing competition.

The soft skills trainings help to improve the personal attributes of the people who enhance the person’s job performance, individual interactions and the career prospects.

For example there are many speeches given by different public speakers which are extremely good but the speeches that gain our attention are very few. The main reason for this is their soft skills and the kind of training they have on the soft skills.

Soft skills trainings help accompany hard skills which help the organization to use the technical expertise to the full advantage. The dynamics in the work company are very important and cannot be ignored which include the acts like presentation ideas, listening, honest work environment, resolving conflict etc. These might be existing in most of the employees but can be developed to the maximum only through the soft skills trainings. These skills not only help in developing themselves but in the overall development of the organization.

Some of the most important skills obtained through soft skills trainings are communication skills, work ethics, decision making, problem solving and teamwork etc.

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What Are Soft Skills ?

It is an interesting fact to note that most people often get confused between the terms ‘Soft Skills’ and ‘Communication Skills’. Soft Skills are  part and parcel of a person’s Emotional Intelligence, a combination of various characteristics like personality traits, language, social graces etc. that showcase the relationships with the other people whereas the communication skill is the effective way of communicating with the people verbally and non-verbally through gestures, facial expressions etc. Soft skills are broad and communication skills are just a part of it.

Soft skills is a term which is recent in origin, even most of the dictionaries do not have the entry of the term soft skills. There are many definitions that try to define soft skills in different ways. For example:

It is defined as the characteristics of the person’s relationships with other people like interpersonal skills and character traits and they are considered to be complementary to the hard skills.

Soft skills are a collection of the positive, personal attributes and the competencies to enhance the job performance, relationships and the value to market.

Soft skills defines the personality of a person and what kind of person he is rather than what all knowledge he has. It is not easy to acquire the soft skills or rather change them.

Hard skills may be necessary to help you get an interview call but soft skills are the must to get interview call converted. Soft skills being intangible cannot be taught easily whereas hard skills can be easily obtained by reading a book or attending a lecture. Some of the soft skills include accountability, creativity, leadership, ambition, ability to teach, and reliability. We can identify the soft skills in the various phrases of job advertisements like “the applicant must be able to work in environments under pressure” or “the applicant must be a team player” etc.

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