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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Soft Skills Vs Hard Skills

                     Soft Skills Vs Hard Skills

To complete understand the differences between soft skills and hard skills, one must define both.
Soft Skills are personal or interpersonal skills that one needs to have in order to succeed in any type of group settings.
For example, clear communication, teamwork, leadership, resolving conflict, and listening are soft skills that are required in everyday life, especially in the workplace.
Hard Skills are administrative, technical, or academic skills that one needs to have in order to accomplish a given task.
For example, understanding procedures, policies, education, and operation are all hard skills that’s required to successfully accomplish one’s job. Math, critical thinking, and computer literacy are all examples of hard skills. These are usually what one writes in a resume to show proficiency in a certain skill.

Soft Skills Vs Hard Skills
Soft Skills Vs Hard Skills
Soft Skills Vs Hard Skills

People learn Soft Skills through their life experiences. Formation of their soft skills are dependent  on what they observed as they grew up or their social interactions with others. (EQ) It is not normally taught in the education system or classes, though it is possible to train oneself to improve upon it. However, because one must unlearn bad soft skills in order to relearn the good soft skills, it can be difficult and may take longer.
People learn Hard Skills by taking classes, reading books, and practicing them. When learning a new hard skill, a person is usually learning a completely new skill so the ability to learn it depends one his or her intelligence. (IQ)

When measuring Soft Skills, it is nearly impossible to quantify it. Ten people may think that they are a clear communicator and put it on their resume, but there is no way for an employer to know who is truly a great communicator just by reading those two words in a piece of paper. However, it is possible to understand these soft skills by meeting them in person through interviews to have a better understanding of it. Also, many companies now ask questionnaires to try to measure the applicants’ soft skills.
When measuring Hard Skills, it is usually quantifiable. Currently, degrees, certificates, job experiences, and test scores are barometers that quantify hard skills. Because all hard skills are based on knowledge, it is testable. Also, measuring how fast a person finishes a task and the quality of the work is definitely possible with hard skills.

 - Effects
Effects of having good Soft Skills are that you can work in any environment with any people. Of course, there are people who are absolutely obnoxious, but you understand how to effectively work around it so they would not have much of an effect on your ability to do your job. Not only do would you be happier with good soft skills, but because of its effect in others, your co-workers and your boss will also be happier to work with you. You can positively influence yourself as well as people around you.
Effects of having good Hard Skills are being able to do your job well because of your training, education, and expertise. By having good hard skills, you have all the tools to be able to accomplish your task. However, that only effects you positively and does not enhance the people around you (unless you have the soft skills to help teach others your hard skills).

 - Consequences
Consequences of having bad Soft Skills are that even though you may be able to do the job well, you are unable to get along with others, and in some extreme cases, you are a interference to others’ ability to do quality work. Even though you may understand this weakness about yourself, it’s quite difficult to change if you don’t know how to do so. Because of this, you may have to quit or even get fired or laid off.
Consequences of having bad Hard Skills are that you don’t know how to do some aspects of your job. This can be compensated through more training or education. Sometimes, it may result in you quitting or being fired because you don’t know how to do the job that you were hired for.

So Which is More Important?
The true answer to that is that they are both important skills to have in a working environment. However, because it is harder to hone one’s soft skills compared to one’s hard skills, soft skills are becoming more important qualities that employers look for in an job applicant or employee. So, in our opinion,soft skills are more important than hard skills.