Why soft skills are so important to develop in the workplace

Posted by Eileen Moynihan on Apr 14, 2022 2:15 PM

We all know hard skills are important to every job. Each position has different hard skills that employees need to have (e.g. technical, software, and hardware knowledge for an IT professional, spatial awareness, design, and carpentry skills for a contractor). But at the end of the day, what are the skills every employee needs to have? Soft skills. 

But, what are soft skills? They’re the skills you’d like to see in the people you work with, like good communication, flexibility, and adaptability.

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Most Important Skills for a New Project Manager to Have

Posted by Eileen Moynihan on Mar 25, 2022 12:20 PM

Starting as a new project manager can be incredibly daunting, so it’s helpful to know what skills you need to bring to the table to be successful. Skills like risk management, problem solving, and critical thinking are core skills that are needed by any project manager, but skills like active listening, effective communication, and technology knowledge are what make the difference between a subpar leader and a great leader.

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Handling Job Interview Anxiety

Posted by Jen Conroy on Apr 17, 2019 10:13 AM

Sweaty palms. Rapid heartbeat. Tremblings hands and legs. Dry mouth.

Have you experienced any of these physical symptoms before or during a job interview? If so, you are certainly not alone. Job interview anxiety does not discriminate; it can strike anyone, regardless of his or her age, educational background, or professional experience. Research shows that over 90% of adults in the U.S. experience job interview anxiety. The best weapons for battling nerves and anxiety before and during an interview are preparation and practice.

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Joining a Video Conference? Beware of Your Body Language!

Posted by Jen Conroy on Apr 3, 2019 10:20 AM

With ongoing advancements in conferencing technology and an increasing number of organizations employing global workforces, virtual communication has become a regular part of business culture. Virtual meetings, particularly video conference calls, offer many obvious benefits, including convenience and flexibility. Even a hospital stay is no longer an excuse to miss a meeting, as long as your hospital has wifi. But video conference calls can quickly turn awkward if the participants are not taking special attention to their body language cues.

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6 Tips To Landing Your Dream Job

Posted by Katie Sica on Mar 20, 2019 10:16 AM

Researching, applying for, and interviewing for a job can be extremely stressful. Just like entering the dating world and searching for your perfect partner, the process of finding your dream job can be daunting, and you might be afraid of rejection. In fact, a 2003 survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Everest College shows that 92% of U.S. adults have job interview anxiety.

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10 Tips for Effective Communication

Posted by Jeff Flanders on Mar 19, 2019 10:02 AM

We communicate in both personal and professional settings on a daily basis, but how much of our written or verbal communication resonates with the audience on the receiving end? Strong communication skills are essential in all types of business and can help take your career to the next level. If you can communicate with clarity, tact, and honesty, your ideas will have an impact. Check out these ten tips for effective communication in our latest infographic.

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4 Tips to Sharpen Your Active Listening Skills

Posted by Sandy Slager on Feb 26, 2019 9:10 AM

Communication is an integral part of business. However, we often focus on how to communicate verbally and forget to address nonverbal communication skills, including listening. Learning how to be an active listener can help you impart empathy and fairness in your professional and personal relationships. Improve your active listening skills with these four tips.

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Why Negotiate?

Posted by Frank Connolly on Feb 21, 2019 10:08 AM

There’s more to negotiation than just haggling over price. Successful negotiations can help you solve problems, preserve relationships, and avoid future conflicts. Our latest Skye Learning video explains how negotiation can make a big difference for your business.

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5 PowerPoint Rules of Thumb

Posted by Jen Conroy on Feb 20, 2019 9:15 AM

Is there anything worse than sitting in the audience during a presentation, as the speaker reads word-for-word from a series of PowerPoint slides? Does he really not understand that you can read the slides for yourself? Why not just print out a set of slides for everyone in the audience and let you all continue on with your day?

Using PowerPoint slides can actually be a wonderful enhancement to your presentation, but only if you know how to use them properly. Here are some basic rules to consider in order to keep your audience engaged.

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Ask the Right Career-Planning Questions

Posted by Jen Conroy on Jan 31, 2019 11:21 AM

In today’s economy, no one’s going to do your career planning for you. You need to ask yourself the right questions before you start your job search; our latest Skye Learning video offers sage advice about what to ask.

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