Learning new skills can boost mental wellbeing, improve job satisfaction and open the door to new opportunities,
from progression up the ladder in your chosen career, to enabling you to make the move into a new career path.
We provide you with tips on how to enhance your skillset and stand out in a competitive job market.
When we say "hard skills" we mean the technical expertise and specific abilities that allow a person to do their
job. Hard skills can include programming skills or speaking a second language. Hard skills are teachable,
meaning you can acquire them through on-the-job learning or formal qualifications. Soft skills are personal
attributes and personality traits such as interpersonal skills, communication, time management and critical
thinking. Soft skills are less measurable than hard skills, but are extremely valuable in any role; they allow you to
work well within a team, find creative solutions to problems, and communicate effectively with colleagues and
customers. Soft skills are highly transferable, which can be especially useful if you’re making a career change.
During the hiring process, recruiters usually look for candidates that have the right combination of soft and hard
skills. In that sense, hard and soft skills can be equally important when finding a new job, and you’ll want to
highlight your most relevant hard and soft skills for that particular role.
Hard and soft skills can be broken down further into the following groups:
When it comes to determining your development areas, start by assessing your current skillset. Try to identify a
mixture of hard and soft skills you’ll need to work on, whether it’s improving your time-management and ability to
prioritise, or developing your knowledge of the software that you’re required to use in your role.
If you need help updating your CV or to find out about our latest roles, contact
your local Adecco branch and connect with a recruiter today!
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