The April 7 issue of BusinessWeek reminds job seekers that “soft skills” are important and valued in the workplace. (Note: my search for a link to this story reveals that an expanded version appeared online.)
Business schools, including MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Emory, the University of Virginia and Babson College are offering management communications classes to teach “soft skills,” such as teamwork and leadership. Courses such as theatre are intended to enhance communication skills, build confidence and foster team building, all important managerial traits.
You can bet that top business schools would not spend their time teaching Shakespeare if employers weren’t seeking these important job skills. Don’t overlook your emotional intelligence. Highlight skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership in your resume and demonstrate how you have been successful using them!