Top Non-Job Specific Skills You Need

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Every job has a skill that is particular to the position Anyone who has that job must possess these skills. A web designer must have coding skills, a software developer also.

A fashion designer must have sketching or drawing skills and knowledge of sewing; these are job specific skills.

In workplaces there are some skills that are called into play on a daily basis. These skills are not the type you specialize in. In some cases  there are no qualifications for these type of skills. They are not specific to a job. These skills are general and important in workplaces.

Top Non Job Specific Skills You Need.

Communication skills.

This is an obvious skill without which there is no workplace.

Now, most persons believe that communication is all about talking. If you believe that you are heading for the ruins.

Communication is the reasonable interaction between entities. In workplaces communication will happen between colleagues, between senior and junior staff, between staff and customers.

Effective communication fosters growth and productivity.

Listening Skill

A partner to communication skill, there is no real communication without listening.

Just as there is a difference between talking and communicating , so is there a difference between listening and hearing.

It is important to pay attention to the other person when listening. A perfunctory nodding of the head will not cut it

Listening skills are important as they help you understand the other party. Listening indicates a lack of selfishness and presence of openness, respect and acceptance on your part.

When communicating with another person, it is best to say a little and give the other person a chance to speak and pay attention to them. Do not zone out or let your eyes or your mind wander. Giving your partner your attention indicates a level of interest and respect .

Leadership skills.

One of the most coveted and often misunderstood and abused skill, leadership skills can be developed from leadership courses, on the job as a team head or cultivated through learning from good mentors and good books.

There is a huge difference between a boss and a leader. 

The latter is someone who doesn’t slack or abuses the power of their position. Leadership skills are geared towards the directing of a team or depart to the effective development and achievement of the organization’s goal.

Being a leader takes guts, direction, purpose, humility… readiness to work, to learn, to serve and even to follow.

Work Ethic and discipline.

This one is all on you. Your discipline determines the amount of effort you put into your job.

Your punctuality, consistency, courtesy, manner of approach, diligence, morals and code of conducts all pay tribute to your work ethics and discipline.

This is regardless of your job description and location. When you aim to be the best at what you do and put your best effort into delivery of your work, ethics will bear testimony to your efforts.


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