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Soft Skills-Enhancing Them Can Bridge the Gap

By on June 30, 2020

The recent drop in career opportunities for black Americans by gender and education appears  much higher compared to their white counterparts.

Black people often face hurdles in finding a job for a variety of reasons. Most people recognize that black Americans should have equal rights and career opportunities, education, and in other areas of life. But they are still facing problems and limitations to finding a good job. Black Americans can take advantage of better opportunities in hiring trends by using creative and innovative ways of getting into the job market. Focusing on soft skills is a perfect avenue for this. 

Understanding Soft Skills

Soft skills are related to character traits, social skills, and interpersonal skills that reflect a person’s relationships with other people.  In the workplace, soft skills are referred to as the complement of hard skills. Soft skills are crucial for the Black people of America so they can get better job opportunities and career paths. Black people may face a lack of confidence, leadership skills, and flexibility with the work environment.

Following soft skills can give an edge of the future workplace to Black people in America:

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Positive Attitude

Leadership and Teamwork

In the business environment, most employers want to know that whether you can make decisions or not. Having a reliable decision power helps to impress the interviewer. Leadership skills include the ability to handle conflicts between people and to make fast decisions depending on the situation.

Leadership skills may include:

  • Conflict management
  • Decision making
  • Deal making 
  • Inspiring people

Teamwork ability makes a candidate the most suitable person for a specific job.  Work with the cross-functional teams is becoming a regular thing in a business environment.

Teamwork skills may Include:

  • Collaboration 
  • Networking
  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy

For Black people in America, developing these skills can give them an equal career, job, and education opportunities. Only these things can overcome black and white discrimination and provide better opportunities in all aspects of life, depending on merit.

Effective Communication skills

How effectively you communicate? These skills are essential in every field of life, and the Black Americans must have it to compete with White people. Communicating in the workplace is different from domestic level communication.

Effective communication includes the following skills:

  • Listening 
  • Presentation
  • Writing Skills
  • Public speaking 
  • Visual communication

Developing these skills can help you to find better career opportunities. So, mention it in your resume as an edge in looking for a job.

Critical thinking and Positive attitude

Observing and analyzing the situations and making suitable decisions is the most demanding quality, that employers may want to have in the candidates. No matter what the job is? Whether you are a student or a teacher, you need to able to think critically. 

Critical thinking may include:

  • Creativity
  • Flexibility
  • Curiosity
  • Willingness to learn

Employers are always looking for people who have a positive attitude. The new employee is supposed to be friendly to others, eager to work, etc. Being able to handle different problems and situations with a positive attitude makes you a prior choice to be selected for a specific job.

Other related skills are:

  • Confidence
  • Energy
  • Honesty 
  • Patience
  • Respectability

Develop a positive attitude and critical thinking to become a competitive candidate in business environments. Black people must have these skills.

Wrapping it up…

The career opportunity gap for black Americans can be reduced by developing these soft skills. These skills should prove to be very helpful if you are looking for a new job.


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