Some professionals know that certain skills are fundamental to boost their careers. The English terms hard skills and soft skills refer precisely to groups of these skills that professionals, when they have them, can gain positions and occupy better professional positions. Understand the differences between them.
What are hard skills?
The set of skills that involve dedication to learning and proving are called hard skills. These are the skills required to take courses and study for diplomas that attest to ability in a particular subject.
These skills include language fluency, software knowledge, diplomas in specific areas of knowledge, and writing or illustration techniques, for example.
The addition of such skills always needs to consider the area of professional activity, i.e., for example, for technology professionals, learning new programming languages or digital marketing techniques may be interesting with a view to professional growth.
What are soft skills?
Soft skills, on the other hand, are distinct abilities acquired throughout life, either through everyday experiences or through the development they have gone through. Skills of this style are acquired throughout life, from childhood to old age, because the experience and interaction with other people do not stop.
Communication, team spirit, and leadership skills are examples of skills that are developed through professional performance. The best way to find out if you have these skills is through tests conducted to identify competencies.
They are highly valued precisely because there are no courses in which these kinds of characteristics can be taught. In many cases, they are considered superior to diplomas and technical skills, especially those related to emotional factors.
What are the differences between the types of skills?
From a professional point of view, the biggest difference between hard skills and soft skills is that they can be glimpsed without going deeper, i.e., it is not necessary to know a professional so deeply to identify if he or she is fluent in a language or if he or she masters an editing software.
In the case of non-tangible attributes, such as leadership and resilience, these can only be detected through specific psychological tests or through daily interaction. In any case, the tranquility to perform a task in which a professional is certified also requires tranquility and emotional intelligence.
How to develop skills?
As complicated as it may seem, any competence can be acquired or learned. In the case of skills related to experience, the key is to have the opportunity to develop them. For this reason, the employer’s role is important, both in identifying potentialities and in offering conditions for this improvement.
Companies can also boost the growth of their professionals by investing in specific courses for the areas in which they work. Knowing what the corporate development needs can be decisive in this case. In both paths, a good Human Resources (HR) needs to have the dimension that it is not just about investing money in the professional.
From the professional’s point of view, ambition is decisive. Creating time and being willing to dialogue with employers, dedicating oneself to evolve, and knowing that all knowledge is a legacy should drive this desire.