There’s nothing like a bunch of popular buzzwords coming at you day in and day out to get you curious about how and why they became so popular. In a world where we hear phrases like “Live your best life!” or “I’m crushing it!” it’s no surprise that folks will ask the questions about how to make dreams a reality, and how to be a valued, innovative team member who gets things done.

When it comes to internship and job posts, or career advice pieces, you’ve probably heard the two terms “hard and soft skills”. It’s now time to make sure we understand the full meaning of them. It also holds a lot more weight for you, as the job candidate, to be able to qualify how they apply to you.

What They Are

It doesn’t matter what the job is.  Want to be a writer? You need them. Want to be a filmmaker? You need them. Arts Administrator? You need them. Marketing Coordinator? You need them. I could go on but you get my point 😊

The real point I want to drive home today is that, as an Emersonian, you most definitely have them. Even if you need to develop these skills, you’re in the perfect place to do it. 

Organizations want new professionals to bring these skills to work, and develop them throughout their time with a company. If you look at each closely, many of these reflect…

The ability to work with people:

Simply put, it’s not just enough to be nice during a zoom meeting, or have transactional, minimal interactions with your colleagues. It’s about your relationships with them. How you listen, consider people’s personalities and strengths, share ideas, advocate and honor the diverse backgrounds they bring to the table is what makes the work happen. Folks want to know that not only can you do the job, but what it will be like to work with you.

The ability to work with technology and data: 

  • Critical Thinking/Problem-solving
  • Digital Technology

When I think about the innovation of Emerson alumni and students, the ability to think critically and ask questions is a huge part of the picture. The energy and time required to think differently and take risks, using inquiry and curiosity is much needed if a company wants to stay competitive. Practicing this also keeps your sharp and forward thinking.

For technological skills, much of what you learn will be tied to the nature of your work. Always remain current with social media, and contributed to online spaces. Also take time to understand the technology used to organize content, budgeting purposes, as well as software platforms. Keep in mind that for every job you have there is a learning curve and period to get more comfortable with what a company uses.

How to Share These Skills

  • Write about them in your resume, cover letters, and online profiles like Emerge and LinkedIn.
  • Talk about them when you introduce yourself to alumni, and in events with employers.
  • Build them through volunteer work, part time jobs, classes and internships.

All of these skills get developed overtime, and just like individual strengths, we all have areas we’re strong in. Leverage that, and establish a professional brand that reflects the core skills for your job success!

Have questions about job ready skills? Want advice about another career topic? Let us know!

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