Hard and Soft Skills

Learning Outcomes

  • 1-1 Explain how hard and soft skills play a role in professionalism.
  • 1-2 Define a positive attitude.
  • 1-3 Discuss the importance of a professional image.

Watch the video below before moving on:

Task: Read below:

There’s a lot of talk about hard and soft skills these days, but few people understand what they are. In fact, many people don’t even know what they are. And that’s a problem. Because hard and soft skills are being considered as more important than ever before, it’s important that people know what they are and how to use them. In fact, it’s not just people who should be skilled in hard and soft skills, but also businesses and organizations too. Because the two are important in business, it’s important that people have good hard and soft skills.
Now that you understand what hard and soft skills are, it’s time to learn how to use them. In this paragraph, I will be discussing the use of soft skills in a difficult environment.

Soft skills are those that help a situation be easier for everyone. For example, if you’re working on a project that is difficult, it will be helpful to have the ability to be soft and polite when working with others. You might need to be able to make others feel comfortable and welcome into your project. Additionally, you’ll need to have a low-key approach when working with others, in order to be easy to work with.

Hard skills are those that help an individual do what they are supposed to do. For example, you might need to be able to do what they want done, without depending on others. You might need to be able to work with others on their project without insisting they do everything first. Lastly, you’ll need to have a strong work ethic, because you’ll be working with them for long hours.