When you’re applying for a job, there’s a good chance the company is looking for someone with a particular combination of hard and soft skills. Possessing both hard and soft skills is crucial to career advancement, and you need to be able to showcase both types of skills.
This means you need to understand the differences between hard and soft skills, as well as the importance of both skill types. A few key differences include the following:
- IQ is key to hard skills, EQ is key to soft skills: IQ determines your logical intelligence, whereas EQ measures your emotional intelligence. You need logical intelligence to do things like learn to operate machinery or do mathematical equations — both of which are hard skills. You need EQ to be good at managing your motivation and working on a team. Employers in most industries need someone who has hard skills because they are key to actually performing work. They also need someone with soft skills, because they control how well you’ll fit in with a team and whether you’ll be easy to work with and focused on doing your job correctly.
- Hard skills are always the same, soft skills change: There are certain talents you’ll need to work within your industry no matter where you work. For example, if you’ll be doing work on a computer, understanding the software you’ll be using is a hard skill. Your ability to use your hard skills, and the nature of the hard skills you’ll need, doesn’t vary based on where you work or what job you do, because performing the tasks is always the same. By contrast, different companies value different soft skills more highly than others. Some companies may prefer teamwork and collaboration, while others prefer their staff members to be great at independent work.
- Hard skills can be learned, while soft skills have to be developed: You can go to school or obtain training to learn how to do math, work machines or understand statistics. It’s much harder to learn how to communicate clearly or connect with co-workers in a positive way. You’ll need to work on developing soft skills during your daily interactions at your job, while hard skills can be obtained from book learning or other formal education and training.
You should be ready to show off both your hard and soft skills when you apply for a job or go on an interview. IES Custom Staffing will help you make industry connections in your profession so you can show off all of the great skills you have and maximize your chances of being hired for a position you’ll love. Contact us today to find out how more about how our staffing service can help you.