3 steps on how to improve your soft skills
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Now that you know the most important soft skills hiring managers look for in IT infrastructure candidates from our previous article, how can you continue to improve your soft skills?
There are 3 main ways to do so.
1. Be self aware
Perhaps the best way to improve your soft skills is to be aware of how you’re communicating and working with your team. A large factor in your career growth is your ability to be self aware. So start to pay attention to how you’re dealing with situations and ask yourself how you could have done a better job.
You can even do a weekly analysis of your job performance where you identify a problem or an encounter you came across over the week. And ask yourself, how you could have handled the situation better?
2. Ask for feedback from a friend
You’re often your biggest critic, but it’s often hard to read the label while inside the box. Therefore, asking a trusted colleague their opinion on how you handle a certain situation is one of the most constructive ways to improve. This also shows your co-worker or manager you have the drive to get better.
Reading the correct books is a great way to help you become more aware of your soft skills and a way to improve your soft skills.
My two favorite books on improving soft skills are as follows:
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
- How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
If you are interested in learning more about opportunities and how soft skills play into the networking and infrastructure space feel free to schedule a call with one of our recruiters using the link here.