5 Key Soft Skills Employers are Looking for Today

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June 16th, 2022 9:26 am| by This content is sponsored

Many employers in Denmark and abroad are placing increasing importance on soft skills as a way for job seekers to set themselves apart from other applicants. As such, it’s crucial to list your most desirable soft skills on your CV in order to boost your chances of getting hired. 

Soft skills are typically intangible and are difficult to define, teach, and assess. They are sometimes also referred to as qualities, characteristics, or traits.

This article will cover five of the most sought-after soft skills that employers are currently looking for.

1. Communication

Communication skills (including written, verbal, and non-verbal communication) are integral to many different aspects of the professional world, including interacting with coworkers, reporting to superiors, managing teams, and interfacing with customers. 

Of course, ‘communication skills’ is a broad category, which can be broken down into many more specific skills. Examples of strong specific communication skills to include on your CV include public speaking, presentation skills, active listening, giving and receiving constructive feedback, storytelling, empathy, and friendliness.

2. Problem Solving

With strong problem solving skills, you will be able to take on challenges that arise in the course of your employment and deal with issues self-sufficiently—something most employers love to see. Many employers will even ask in an interview about a time that you’ve had to solve a problem in order to learn more about your ability to handle problems, the way you tackle challenges, and whether you can stay calm in the face of adversity.

Your attitude towards handling problems can also be an indicator to employers about whether you will stick around through difficult issues or if you will bail out at the first sign of a challenge. Employers often invest significant time, energy, and money into hiring and training new employees, and they want to be confident that their investment in hiring you will pay off.

Specific examples of problem solving skills include reasoning, logic, lateral thinking, analysis, observation, brainstorming, persistence, troubleshooting, and innovation. 

3. Adaptability

With constantly evolving technology and the fast pace of modern business, employers want to hire people who can adapt quickly, learn new things easily, and generally roll with the punches. To show that you are adaptable, consider listing some of these skills on your CV: self-management, calmness, open-mindedness, organisation, optimism, strong decision-making, the ability to pivot, quick thinking, versatility, and the ability to learn quickly.

4. Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is an important skill category that essentially tells employers how pleasant it will be to work with you on a day-to-day basis. These skills are sometimes also referred to as social skills or interpersonal skills. Emotional intelligence skills include things like empathy, motivation, dedication, self-awareness, patience, tolerance, diplomacy, mediation, and relationship building.

5. Teamwork

Finally, the ability to work as part of a team is often crucial for a harmonious workplace where business is handled effectively and efficiently. Teamwork skills can include things like collaboration, cooperation, negotiation, delegation, conflict management, building rapport, and respectfulness. 

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