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Are you “Soft Skills Savvy?”
Find out what employers seek when hiring!
Job Talkin’ May 2015 No 187
FROM THE PRESIDENTS DESK The role of the administrative assistant has expanded as businesses run more efficiently. 98 percent said administrative roles have changed from five to 10 years ago and most agree that replacing a good administrative assistant is no easy task.
One piece of wisdom you may not have heard yet is: "Highlight your soft skills just as much as hard skills." First of all, what are soft skills? Think of this skill set as less tangible abilities that are associated with your personality, like having a positive attitude or being flexible.
Employers are looking for the best of both worlds: someone who is not only proficient in a particular function, but also has the right personality.
And your hard skills are abilities you've learned to perform that can be measured, like operating a computer program.
It's important to highlight soft skills that can give employers an idea of how quickly you can adapt and solve problems, whether you can be relied on to follow through and how effectively you can lead and motivate others. Sixteen percent of employers say soft skills are more important than hard skills when evaluating candidates for a job.
Employers are much more likely to take on an employee who's a good cultural fit, even if it means that they need to provide some training for their new hire.
Dependable: 73 percent Strong work ethic: 73 percent Positive attitude: – 72 percent Self-motivated: 66 percent Team-oriented: 60 percent Organized: 57 percent Works well under pressure: – 57 percent
Effective communicator: 56 percent
Flexible: 51 percent Confident: 46 percent Show proof of your work, includ-
Research the position and company before writing your application materials.
Include keywords from job descriptions in your resume.
Prepare for interviews, including what you’ll wear and when you’ll arrive.
The reasoning behind this?
The top 10 most popular soft skills companies say they look for when hiring include:
A lot of career advice can be boiled down to:
Businesses are running with leaner teams, and they are asking more from their administrative talent. The evolution of the role is positive and it’s an opportunity for people to grow in their careers. Employers need to be more focused than ever on talent strategy because administrative assistants with higher-level skills are more difficult to attract and retain. Contemporary administrative assistants roles now includes:
Presentation assembly – 63 percent
Client communication – 59 percent
Vendor management – 49 percent
Metrics reporting – 40 percent
Team engagement – 40 percent
Use your network to find and share new opportunities.
GOOD SOFT SKILLS = KNOWING HOW TO ACT AS A PROFESSIONAL
Show proof of your work, including soft skills. When describing both your hard and soft skills, try using these words . Be sure to attach them to specific examples.!
WHO COLLABORATES WELL
LEADS, FOLLOWS, TEAM PLAYER
ATTITUDE, ENERGY, AND RESPECT
WILL GUARANTEE SUCCESS
DRESS, MANNERS, ETIQUETTE
WHO IS AN INTELLIGENT COMMUNICATOR WRITING, SPEAKING, LISTENING
WHO IS ENTHUSIASTIC AND COMMITTED
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