Back in late August to early September, 2008, I wrote series of four blogs on the general subject of soft skills, which I define in the first of those four linked postings as follows:
Soft Skills refer to abilities that make people better employees, and open doors to opportunities, that are not directly related to the subject matter for their jobs. In simpler language, soft skills refer to a person’s ability to relate to others, to get him- or herself (and possibly others organized), to communicate in written, spoken, or other forms, to conduct research or gather information about various topics as assigned, and so forth.
In the wake of a recent story I just submitted to SmartBear.com on the subject of developing written skills, I decided to return to these postings and found 99.9% of that content to be as sharp, relevant, and timley today as it was when these items first appeared here.
Here’s a list of what’s available in these four connected blog posts, with links to each one, so you too can benefit from their content:
- The Importance of Soft-Skills (Part 1 of 4 Parts) 8/29/2008: an overview of soft skills and a brief explanation as to why they’re worth noticing, developing, and improving over the course of an IT careeer.
- Soft Skills (Part 2 of 4): Written Communications 9/2/2008: An examination of the roles and importance that written communication can play in an IT career, with some suggestions on how to learn and develop such skills, and some observations on common foibles to avoid.
- Soft Skills (Part 3 of 4) Spoken Communications and Presentations 9/4/2009: A look at how verbal communication and sometimes formal presentations play important roles in the workplace, with suggestions on how to learn, cultivate, practice, and hone speaking skills.
- Soft Skills (Part 4 of 4): Project Management 9/8/2008: A discussion about the benefits of project management skills for IT professionals — especially those interesting in team lead or outright management positions — along with a look at the Project Management Institute’s (PMI’s) Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
Taken together, these items provide a powerful blueprint for a major career tune-up or makeover. That’s why IT professionals interested in performing a self-assessment, who might also be interested in improving future opportunities or job prospects, might be well-advised to return to these “classic blog posts” from yours truly. There’s some good stuff in there: please, take a look!