Top Essential Soft Skills You Should Master in 2019

Soft skills are skills that you can take with you in any job. You can apply these skills in almost every job out there. Knowing these skills just might make your life way easier. So, today I will briefly write about a few of my favorite soft skills.

  1. Business Communication: No matter what your job title is, you’ll need business communication. Writing a great email and text message is as important as anything else in an organization. To be specific you should at least know the following:
    • How to write and respond to business email. 
    • How to write a formal application/letter.
    • How to write memos, bulletin, and notes.
    • How to write a report.
    • How to write and respond to text messages.
  2. Graphics Design: Graphics design is another skill that is often undervalued and overlooked. But knowing the basics of graphic design with some advanced skills will surely set you apart from the rest of the bunch. You can design the next leaflet for the office picnic or design the official banner for the next event. Do a good job and people from higher places will notice you. There is much-specialized software in this category. The Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are among the most feature-rich and most popular in the industry.  
    • How to design report cover.
    • How to design small, medium-sized banner, wallpaper, and leaflet.
    • How to design a print advertisement.
  3. Word processing: You will need to use Google Docs or Microsoft Word in almost all the decent jobs out there. So, there is no point in trying to skip it. Though it doesn’t look as sexy as graphics design, you can do a lot of things and achieve great success with the two applications I mentioned above. You should learn the following things:
    • How to customize the built-in templates in Google Docs and Microsoft Words.
    • How to build templates in Google Docs and Microsoft Words.
    • How to efficiently use the built-in templates of Google Docs and Microsoft Words.
  4. Presentation: Presentation is an essential skill in business and corporate world. Having great at presentation will set you apart. Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote are the two most popular software in this category. Google Slides is a popular Microsoft PowerPoint alternative.
    • How to organize and display information.
    • How to choose color, fonts, and images properly.
    • How to communicate and deliver information efficiently.
  5. Microsoft Excel: Microsoft Excel is the de facto leader in spreadsheet department for organizations around the world. It is probably the only software in this list that has no alternative in terms of the number of features and usability. So, knowing Excel is a must for anyone who wants to work for any kind of organizations. Google Spreadsheet is a Microsoft Excel alternative which is growing popular slowly. Microsoft Excel has a lot of use cases. Even I know only a few of the things that excel can do. So, be sure to check out some courses and books regarding Excel training. You won’t regret investing in this skill.
    • How to prepare an invoice.
    • How to do budgeting.
    • How to organize and interpret information.

Soft skills are a crucial part of self-development. Knowing a couple of these skills can help you a lot in real life. These skills will also help you stand out in the job market and make you more confident in life. So, for the next 4 months, try to learn and hone your soft skills.

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