What keeps you on the job?
The rate of unemployment is high but a lot of people still manage to get jobs. However, it is sad that many people get good lucrative jobs but they lack the necessary attitude to sustain the job.
There is a skill-set that is not taught within the four walls of a classroom; they are not taught in our colleges and universities. These out-of-school skills that some have acquired over the time, keep giving them an edge over others who seem to have limited themselves to only the knowledge they acquire in school.
The hard-to-swallow truth is that your certificate and the hard skills you acquired from the school can help you get a job but they will never keep you on the job. What keeps you on the job is the set of soft skills you display on your job.
Soft skills are your human skills, the attitude and personality that help you connect with people effectively and get them attracted to you and the services you have to offer. Most times, people prioritize and value attitude above the service you can offer them. Even if you are a pro in what you do, if you have a poor attitude, there is every tendency that people will lose interest in you.
Communication Skills: If you have a job and your manner of communication is poor, you need no one to tell you that you will struggle to keep that job. Communication skills are very important in almost every job. You will always have to communicate with people, be it your co-workers, employer, management personnel or clients, and if your attitude stinks, you will sink with no stress.
Emotional Intelligence: You must be considerate and empathetic. If your role requires that you directly deal with people, emotional intelligence is a skill you should never joke with. Humans will always be humans, but you must develop the capacity to understand and manage their emotions.
Critical Thinking: Another very important soft skill is critical thinking, a thought process that is proactive in figuring out solutions to organizational problems. Problems will always arise and when they do, your company won’t appreciate that you take the back seat.
Tolerance: You must also be able to tolerate and adapt to changes in your work environment. Employers are looking for dynamic minds who will figure out new ways of doing new things, not stereotypic humans who love their comfort zone of familiar stuff and never wanting to explore
As a worker, either for yourself or for another, there are many more soft skills you must give attention to, if you really want to effectively last long in the 21st century work atmosphere.