Top 5 most important soft skills for job hunters

23 Feb

Each company looks for a different mix of skills and experience depending on the nature of their business. Find out about the most important soft skills to increase your job prospects.

Each company looks for a different mix of skills and experience depending on the nature of their business. Soft skills are personal attributes, also known as people skills, which complement technical skills to enhance an individual's relationships, job performance and career prospects. Find out about the most important soft skills to increase your job prospects:


This is the most common soft skills seen in job vacancy advertisements. Skilled communicators get along well with colleagues, listen and understand instructions, and put their point across without being aggressive. They can change their style of communication to suit the task in hand – this can be invaluable in many different situations, from handling conflict to trying to persuade a customer of the benefits of buying your product. If you’ve got good communication skills you should be able develop good working relationships with colleagues and be able to learn from constructive criticism.  

Learn more about communication.


Even if you’re not managing other staff members just yet, leadership qualities are still valued by employers. They look for people who lead by example, constantly look to improve, motivate themselves, are positive, and know when to follow instructions and when to show initiative. Developing your leadership skills is achievable for everyone – it mostly just takes practice!

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Assertiveness can be defined as the ability to interact directly with others – using clear, positive, firm statements that create clear communication. Assertive communication promotes fairness and equality in human interactions and encourages a positive sense of respect for oneself and others. It is fundamentally linked to personal confidence. Being confident means you can control your thoughts and emotions and influence others positively. Assertiveness and personal confidence are skills that can be learned and practiced.

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Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is similar to the application of logic. It is about taking a step back and absorbing information and thinking carefully and logically about its processes. It relates to how we make decisions and use our judgment. This process of analysis is what allows us to avoid or reduce mistakes and thus make better decisions and judgements and will therefore make you a highly employable person.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence can be defined as the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and the ability to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Emotional intelligence is a cognitive ability; it involves the ability to perceive, understand, and to manage our emotions so they work for us - not against us. Emotional intelligence allows us to manage our relationships with our co-workers, by motivating and inspiring them to work together as a team, to achieve shared goals.

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