Soft Skills, Standing Out from the Crowd, Networking, Leadership, Working on a Team, Presentation skills
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT / 14 December 2016
How to Embrace your Unique Skills in the Business World
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Kim Lee

Embracing your uniqueness will set you apart in the business world. Everyone comes from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, which can have an overall contribution to the company. Many companies emphasize common qualities such as ability, training, and specific skills. However, qualities that are unique can make you a better candidate than the others. 

Soft skills are not something that can be learned in a short period of time like math, where there is a certain formula to figure out the problem. Soft skills demand mastering qualities that deal with interpersonal strength and effectiveness. 

Here are some ways to sharpen your soft skills as well as embrace them. 

Being able to communicate effectively: 

Actively listening to others and creating new innovative ideas through communication can help you to achieve the goals that you want to accomplish. For example: If you are the person that is always leading and coming up with all the ideas. It is also important to listen to other individual’s ideas in order to have the best conclusion possible. 

Working in a team:

Being a team player means that you are able to work with others that come from different backgrounds, have different personalities, or have different work styles. Being a team player also shows that you are able to collaborate with others effectively. For example: If you have all of the requirements and skills that the company/workplace is looking for but find out later that you are not a team player or are unable to work with others, then many will see that as a negative work environment. 

Leadership skills:

Being part of a company or workplace, there is always a broad spectrum of different types of mindsets and personalities. Creating and motivating others through leadership at work makes a big contribution to successful environments. For example: Coming up with new ideas, taking charge, and being a role model are all great ways to contribute to your workforce. 

Networking skills: 

This is a skill that is sometimes overlooked and not appreciated enough. However, in many jobs, it is the people that you know that will benefit you in the long run. The stronger your networking skills, the more easily you can get things done, which will ultimately make you a better worker. For example: Personally, every job I have gotten was from someone I knew or some sort of connection. Actually, Prosky was recommended to me by one of my close friends and I ended up with an interview and a position. It is important to build your network because it will make things a lot easier for you in the long run. 

Presentation skills

The ability to articulate your vision to others is very important especially when you want to pitch an idea. Presentation is a technique used on a day-to-day basis and is an excellent way to strengthen other’s perceptions of your capabilities. For example, I used to be deathly afraid of presentations because I was so nervous to talk in front of my peers. In the business world, presentation is everything. When coming up with a new idea, the only way to show it is to present it. Having this skill will give you that extra boost in the business world. 

Many people tend to forget that the skills required on paper are not the only qualities people should have. Your soft skills are what sets you apart from everyone else. By improving these soft qualities, it will not only benefit you as a future worker but will also make you a better candidate for other jobs. 

Check out ProSky’s training courses to skill up on both soft and hard skills that you can add to your resume!