“Soft” Skills for Work

Here is a list of the 10 most important skills employers want you to have. Many employers feel they can easily teach a new employee how to use certain software or machines, but they’re only willing to take the time to teach you if you can demonstrate these “soft” skills.

Split into groups of 4 and then discuss: (1) Which skill do you think is most important; and (2) which skill do you personally need to work on for yourself. Then write 50 words on each of these two questions.


  1. Work Ethic
  2. Influencing People
  3. Speaking/Listening
  4. Writing
  5. Teamwork
  6. Physical Performance
  7. Research
  8. Number Crunching
  9. Critical Thinking
  10. Problem Solving