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Soft skills: where could you improve?

 

People talk about natural talent, and how some people are just good at certain things - we’ve all heard/said that so-and-so is a ‘born recruiter’. This is usually in line with hard skills, but it's your soft skills you should consider working on - with a bit of effort, you could master the things that employers don't often advertise that they're looking for, but that will make you shine in your role.

 

 

Punctuality
There are two types of people; morning people, and non-morning people. Non-morning people generally tend to dislike the sunny disposition of morning people, but it wouldn’t actually take much to join them in their good moods.

 

Make these few small changes, and you could soon join their ranks…

  • Set a routine (and stick to it)

By setting a strict morning routine, and then carrying it out everyday, your body will soon get used to it. Especially if you also stick to it at weekends.

  • Choose the right alarm

If you’re a keen snoozer, try using a smart alarm - there’s a few to try, including an alarm that makes you solve a maths puzzle before it shuts off. Failing that, keep your alarm away from your bed so that you have to physically get up to turn it off.

  • Drink water

Try drinking water first thing - it’s great at waking up your brain and your body, and will inspire you to get out of bed.

 

There’s a bunch of other ways too, and it’s worthwhile. Being punctual shows commitment, good time management, and reliability.

 

 

People skills
Anyone can ask questions, but asking the right questions, in the right way, can demonstrate your confidence, initiative, and the strength of your communication skills.
Think about how you frame you questions - you don’t want to undermine your bosses or colleagues.

 

On the other hand, knowledge sharing is also something we can be good at. Identifying who might benefit from information you have, and then sharing it with them in the best way is a great skill to have. It makes you an invaluable member of any team.

 

 

Time management
Knowing how to use your time wisely is a brilliant demonstration of organisation and prioritising. Being able to plan effectively, and ensuring all your tasks can be completed to the best of your ability, will make you an asset to any organisation. Check out this blog for a few tips on improving your time management.

 

 

Adaptability
Being able to adapt to any situation or challenge is a worthwhile skill regardless of your industry or role, but particularly in recruitment - there’s always new things for us to learn. Chron has a great blog all about
adaptability, and how to achieve it.

 

 

 

Talents like these are valued, noticed and rewarded by your employers, team leaders and managers. They are relatively simple soft skills that employers tend to look for - so they’ll always in demand.

 

Learning new skills is always a good thing! So whether you choose to brush up your soft skills, or look into hard skills you’d like to master, continuing to improve and develop is a must for a happy, productive career!