Hard Skills vs Soft Skills and the importance of both

By: Amanda Young

Hard Skills

Hard skills are defined as technical knowledge that has been picked up from some type of training or education. There is some sort of hard skill that is used in every industry and in every job.  For example, having to learn how to use the POS system at a retail job is considered a hard skill set. More common skills include:

  • Database management
  • User interface design
  • Programming languages
  • SEO/SEM marketing
  • Being bilingual or multilingual
  • Any certifications or degrees

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Soft Skills

Soft skills are an individual’s traits and habits that have a lot of control over their work ethic and work style.  Soft skills are important to have because these types of skills are needed to make a positive and effective work environment. Some common soft skills are:

  • Creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Adaptability
  • Organization
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Teamwork

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Why Both?

Whether you work in the digital realm or work with your hands every day, hard skills and soft skills are vital to the success of your business. Like the yin and yang, these skills are important to help maintain balance in your business.