Are you a student or young worker wanting to give yourself a competitive edge on the job market?
If so, the elene4work Orientation Guide is just what you need!
Soft skills such as communication, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship are more and more in demand in today’s labour market and these competencies may prove to be the distinguishing factor between two candidates with equivalent qualifications and experience. But how can we measure these skills? How can you as a student or young worker demonstrate these skills on a CV or e-Portfolio? What are today’s and tomorrow’s employers really looking for?
The eLene4work European project has tackled the definition of these soft skills, including digital soft skills, and proposes a series of actions and practical tools to help you, today’s young talents, better understand the expectations of employers, assess your own level of competency and further develop these skills through open education initiatives such as MOOCs and OERs.
So first of all, what do we mean by ‘soft skills’?
“Soft Skills represent a dynamic combination of cognitive and meta-cognitive skills, interpersonal, intellectual and practical skills. Soft skills help people to adapt and behave positively so that they can deal effectively with the challenges of their professional and everyday life”.
Here is a list of soft skills and digital soft skills you might want to develop and/or highlight in your job applications.