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How to strike a balance between hard and soft skills?

How to strike a balance between hard and soft skills?

Batman and Joker, Tom and Jerry, Joey and Chandler, all good things come in a pack of two and would be considerably less amazing without the other. Similarly, hard and soft skills are peanut butter and jam of the corporate world, a good balance between them can open the gate of great opportunities.

You must be doing everything right – right courses, proper practice, always updated with the market but still you end up being a misfit.

Before you decide to give up on yourself, give this article a read.

Are you technically sound yet not employed?

Ever wondered why few certified courses cannot help you knock down some amazing job opportunities? The answer to this and many other questions that haunt you while seeking a career in a corporate world is the soft skill.

This sounds similar to your problem…

Oil and gas industry is the world’s top job benefactor, but today it is fighting hard to be amongst one of the best industries in terms of skilled workforce. If a technically skilled engineer of this industry cannot convince his higher authorities about the effectiveness of his plans if he cannot make the authorities believe that the route for pipelines he suggested is better than any other, then isn’t he a liability on the company? Think.

Supposedly you are a project manager in some IT company but cannot meet the deadlines, you fail while collaborating with your team members and the worst of all, you have a problem communicating your ideas with others. Then are you a right choice for this designation?

So, what’s the catch?

Observe, practice and believe that you can. This will help you learn these skills better.

There are few very important soft skills (Read about soft skills in detail in our previous blog) that an interviewer wants every potential job seeker to master. Let’s get to know few of them:

  1. Problem-solving:

iCIMS reports that 62% of recruiters need people who are problem solvers. If one is able to identify problems and is smart enough to come up with appropriate solutions, this trait makes him desirable in the industry.

How can I get better? – Awareness of the surroundings is how one can become better at being a problem solver. Furthermore, you need to be on your toes when it comes to finding solutions.

 

Problem Solving is an essential skill which recruiters are looking for
Problem Solving is an essential skill which recruiters are looking for
  1. Teamwork:

Not everyone is a team player but not all tasks can be achieved individually. This skill is important because organizations require a workforce that can work as a team and help to build a better work culture and work environment.

How can I get better?  While working in a team you should have a prior knowledge about your role, your strengths, and weakness. Teamwork, being an intellectual effort, requires good communication and collaboration.

 

It's all about teamwork
It’s all about teamwork
  1. Leadership:

One of the very important qualities which can be developed over time is leadership. This is an inbuilt trait of any individual and can be enhanced with better knowledge and proper application of the same. A person who can lead from the front and can take all the responsibilities can be an important asset for any industry.

How can I get better? – Following your passion can make you a better leader. When you are good at something then it gives you the confidence to lead your team and improve the productivity of your organization. Try to know your strengths and weaknesses and work on them.

"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way."  - John C. Maxwell
                                                 “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

Soft skill isn’t a problem but hard skill is!

List of hard skills mentioned in your resume will not speak for themselves rather every listed skill requires proof of your knowledge in that area. Certificates and degrees are useless if you cannot justify them. Don’t waste your time collecting certificates of various courses but utilize that time to learn and get better at the same.

This sounds similar to your problem…

The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission’s report says that average age of oil and gas industry’s employees is between 46 and 49 and an average age of retirement in the industry is 55 which implies that many senior scientists and engineers will retire in the upcoming years. They need experienced scientists and engineers but skill crisis among prospective employees is one of the biggest setbacks to the industry at present.

Being a software developer, if you lack basic coding skills then are you good enough to hang in there for long?

So, what’s the catch?

  1. Choose your field – Don’t try your hands at every new technology in the market you think can get you a job. You cannot master every field, so, choose any one or two areas of your interest and learn them well. Self-evaluate and try to find an area where your passion lies. Chase that.
  1. Practice hard – Hard work has no substitute. If you want to be good at something then you need to practice it and stay focused no matter what. Find yourself a good training center and learn as much as you can. Gain practical knowledge of that area and practice hard.

Here is the key to improvement

“Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success.”- Scott Adams

Hard and soft skills are like two pillars bridging the gap of unemployment in the business world. Balance them both with proper knowledge and you will be able to convert every opportunity into a success story.

Maintain this equilibrium and have a happy read.

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