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Soft Skills for Success

Updated on September 22, 2013

The skills to pay the bills

  • Honesty
  • Tact
  • Perseverance

As a young professional grows from student to job seeker to professional, the skills that aid in success are ones that can be gained on the journey that is their career. A skill set that sets them apart and is ever evolving is in fact vital for that success. While networking with people all along the professional spectrum, I search for a certain set of values that I believe moves people forward in their careers. While analytical and organizational skills are required for a job, success is gained through a lifetime of more than just doing a job. Here are my top contenders for what it takes to get ahead.

These soft skills lead to the overall well being of a person that helps determine how well they will be able to meld with the team as a whole and their own personal success. These skills combined with software, analytical, and organizational skills will help a person go far in the business world.

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1.personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.

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What skills are needed for success?

  • I look for honesty, the ability to be honest leads a person to admit when they did something wrong and to know that guilt leads to improving themselves so it will not go wrong in the future.
  • I think that tact is vital, it’s not only what you say but how you say it and if you have tact you have the ability to remain professional in all crises and stress filled moments. Tact also means knowing when to stay quiet and observe which can lead to deeper understanding of topics.
  • The last skill I look for is perseverance, the ability to stick with a goal even if it is a difficult one and find solutions to tasks to accomplish that goal. This leads to hard work and a can do attitude that leads a team to success as well as showcases exactly what a person is capable of.

Reality check - how is your performance?

These top three skills may be difficult to peg down and be able to say if you need to grow in these areas. One of the ways that you can see if you are lacking is to merely ask. Ask your manager for a one on one conversation that will open an honest dialog. The outcome can affect your future over long term and can be insightful as well as let you know where you are standing. Even if your department does a yearly required review, you can always ask for more feedback. Your manager is just as responsible for your career under their leadership as you are.

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    • Ahdilarum profile image

      Ahdilarum 3 years ago

      These are really excellent advice. Liked it.

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      Derrick Bennett 4 years ago

      Great article; I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I think I all of those soft skills. TOOT TOOT