And just why are they so important for people with disabilities?
Ok go ahead and groan but ‘Soft skills’ shouldn’t be thought of as merely a buzzword within the employment realm. That said however many can struggle to grasp just what soft skills are and, moreover, why they are particularly important for those with disabilities. So here we take an in-depth look at soft skills and explain, in jargon free English, just what they may mean for those seeking employment.
Just what are ‘soft skills’?
Soft skills are skills that transfer from one task to another. They are not specific technical skills, and they are not knowledge that has been gained through training.
They may be personal qualities, a person’s attitude or some other skill that contributes to undertaking a job role well.
So, what soft skills should we hone to be highly employable?
Communication skills are integral to many areas of being a good employee. From getting along with colleagues through to accepting and following instructions and onto fulfilling customer facing roles successfully.
Being decisive and able to make well-judged decisions under pressure are seriously attractive skills for the average employer. Key factors of being decisive may include fact gathering, advice seeking, and thorough analysis, the consideration of all options and an awareness of the consequences following a decision being made.
Each and every employer, regardless of industry or business type, wants staff who can be depended upon and who will be enthusiastic about the work that they undertake. These staff can be summarised as being committed, and they require only limited supervision to fulfil their jobs.
Being an applicant who can demonstrate time management skills can represent plenty of advantages for the average employer, from the meeting of deadlines through to turning up on time for each and every shifts.
Employers are always seeking employees who can be proud of the work that they undertake. Equally however they’re also looking for individuals who can accept responsibility for work that has gone wrong. After all, everyone makes mistakes and it is truly how people react to them that counts.
Creativity and problem-solving skills
Being creative and able to solve problems are both skills that are probably more naturally gifted than they are learnable. Nevertheless an approach to problems that focusses upon logic is a must for demonstrating employability.
A cool head in stressful situations
Every job has a plethora of stresses to test the average employee and employers love to see that an applicant can stay cool within such situations. So ask yourself, how do you react to pressurised situations?
Regardless of whether you’re applying for an entry level position or a position that will be managing a small team, leadership skills are always valued. A person who can lead is able to think on their feet, motivate their team mates and show initiative when required. And, let’s face, what employer wouldn’t want these qualities?
The average workplace adapts and evolves every day, whether this be through varying demands upon the business or meeting the needs of always changing projects and clients. To this end you really need to demonstrate your flexibility, and that you are able to go beyond your comfort zone with confidence.
Working within a team is a must for every job role, and being able to demonstrate your openness to others and your ability to listen and interact with others are all by-signs that will illuminate you to be the ideal applicant that you are!
The soft skills that employers look for are universal, regardless of whether an applicant may or may not be disabled. One defining difference however is that the learning and honing of such skills may pose different challenges for the disabled. And to this end it is ever more important that soft skills are focused upon from an early age, so the average young person with a disability has the time that they need to perfect the soft skills that are so in demand.