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5 Essential Soft Skills that Are Useful in Every Profession

Do you know what your soft skills are and how to convey them to potential employers? Soft skills are useful in nearly any profession. It doesn’t matter if you’re baking cakes, fixing roofs or investing billions, in all professions you’re going to need to be able to handle yourself well and in an appropriate manner. That’s what soft skills allow you to do.

Some soft skills are useful most of the time and some you really cannot live without. Let’s look at some of the soft skills that are useful in any profession.

1. Emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EQ) has to go on the top of the list. After all, if you don’t know how to control your own emotions, you’re going to be in for a hard time, as you will end up stressed, angry and conflicted. Emotional intelligence is actually built up of two different attributes – the understanding of our own emotions and those of others.

Both are vital, but I would be tempted to give the nudge to understanding your own emotions. After all, only when you understand your own emotions can you take steps to counteract them. For example, by controlling your anger or taking steps to lift yourself out of your funk. So make sure you learn how to boost your emotional intelligence.

2. Being proactive

Some people take steps to tackle a problem before it’s grown out of control. Others do not. Which skill do you think will be more useful? Being more proactive means taking the time to analyze a situation and identify and prevent potential issues, instead of reacting to issues when they arise.

Admittedly, this does take time and effort. At the same time, it means you can nip problems in the bud before they’ve escalated. It also means you’re potentially management material. After all, the main focus of management is problem solving.

3. Critical thinking

The ability to take a problem and find a good solution is essential in whatever line of work you’re in. That’s because work (and life as a whole) is a essentially series of problems that need to be solved. For that reason, becoming better at critical thinking is a huge deal.

That’s because critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally, allowing you to come up with solutions you might otherwise overlook.

4. Communication skills

Being able to communicate well with people means that you can get across whatever thoughts and ideas you have clearly. This matters a great deal if you’re trying to convince people that you’ve figured out some better way of doing things, or trying to explain why things went as they did.

Just as importantly, if you can’t communicate well then you’ll never be able to impress on employers that you’re the right person for the job. And that is obviously an essential skill to have if you’re going to have a high-quality career. For that reason, get better communication skills.

5. Dependability

All the soft skills in this list are hugely important. At the same time, if you’re not dependable then they won’t amount to much. That’s because employers need workers that show up when they’re supposed to and do what needs to be done. After all, if they don’t then other people have to constantly step in and do the tasks that that worker is supposed to be doing. That both creates resentment and means everything has to be double checked. For that reason it’s vital to learn to be dependable. For without that eventually almost any employer will let you go.

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About the Author Alaine Gordon

Alaine Gordon is young and talented content manager. She has been writing professionally since 2010 about almost everything, starting from psychology and to the finance. Alaine Gordon graduated from the University of Colorado with B.A. in Journalism, 2011. She is open-minded, creative person who loves to make the people smile. Her credo is ‘Life is a fun enterprise’. In her free time she loves traveling, reading science fiction and knitting. Her huge dream is to visit every single country in the world.

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