In a job interview, you expect to explain your work experience and the skills you’ve developed, many of which you probably learned on the job. But what about non-technical skills? Certain character traits, like attention to detail or the ability to communicate well, are hard to teach. Yet employers prize these “soft skills” because they improve an employee’s chance for success.
Well-developed soft skills can set you apart from other candidates, but the most valuable skills can vary depending on the position. Let’s talk more about four soft skills that are helpful for light industrial workers.
What Soft Skills Can Help Increase Your Success?
As employers continue to struggle with staffing, finding a reliable worker is like hitting the jackpot. Employers appreciate workers who show up on time, work productively and conscientiously, and are respectful to co-workers.
Since today’s light industrial worker often works independently, “supervisors want to hire workers they can train and trust to perform these tasks with little or no supervision,” notes Indeed.
People with a strong work ethic are attentive to their job, even when the supervisor isn’t watching.
Attention to Detail
If you believe little things matter and that shortcuts lead to carelessness, you probably are very detail oriented.
“Paying attention even to minor details is what sets apart dedicated employees from those who just want to get the job done and go home,” says Novoresume.
Employees who work carefully and check their work are more productive and make fewer mistakes. In addition, their attention to detail helps reduce the risk of workplace accidents, which are more common in industrial environments than other occupations.
In manufacturing, things change constantly and no two days are alike. Employees need to be able work calmly and efficiently around those changes. Reacting poorly can negatively affect your work performance.
Being flexible on the job also means eagerly learning new skills and accepting new challenges, such as when a company introduces a new system, software or equipment.
Being able to work well with others is so important, notes the U.S. Department of Labor, “that an article in a Society for Human Resource Management magazine encourages employers to include teamwork as part of the performance appraisal process if collaboration is essential to the job.”
Most jobs require some sort of collaboration. A good team member interacts fairly and respectfully with their peers, office staff, supervisors, outside vendors, delivery drivers, and customers. Good teamwork is essential to a healthy working environment.
What are Your Top Soft Skills?
Think about your past work experience. How would you describe yourself as an employee? Do you get along well with others? Do you catch mistakes others have missed? Do you take pride in job well done?
These are just a few of the soft skills that can provide you with an edge as a job candidate.
In fact, says The Balance Money, “soft skills are so important that they are often the reason employers decide whether to keep or promote an employee.”
So don’t forget to mention positive personality traits like work ethic, attention to detail, adaptability, and teamwork in your next job interview. Employers are looking for workers like you!
Ready to Find a Job in the Light Industrial Field?
And if you need a little help getting employers to recognize your skills, talk to Pro Resources Staffing Services. Their staff works regularly with some of the top manufacturing companies in the area.