3 Valuable Reasons Soft Skills Trump Experience
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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So you’re a great listener, highly motivated, extremely organized or good at rallying a team together. You have a gift with words, a knack for communication and a way with a crowd. You work great under pressure, have confidence even in challenging times and you’re able to inspire others to keep it moving.

These are all soft skills, and they can sometimes be more valuable than just having on-the-job experience. Combining soft skills with tasks you’re trained to complete makes for a great leader.

Writer Levo League talks a bit about how to do just that, leveraging and strengthening soft skills to find ultimate success:

1. You don’t need to be the expert in something to succeed. Rather, all you need to bring with you are your great personality, motivation to learn and confidence. Allow yourself to ask questions, learn from others and research as much as possible; combined with your soft skills, this will enable you to become an amazing asset to any company or industry you work in.

2. Experience alone is not necessarily an indicator of success. How many times have you known someone who has extensive knowledge and experience but has little personality and levels of engagement and is on a stagnant career path? Personally, I can name many.

Read more at Brazen Careerist …

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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