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Top Soft Skills for Construction Professionals

Whether you are new to the construction trades or are a seasoned professional, it is always wise to brush up on soft skills.  

In most fields, noticeable soft skills are the mark of a good employee, teammate, or leader. In the construction industry, it is no different. Soft skills are rooted in how we interact with others, solve problems, and manage work. What you may not realize is that they play a significant role in workplace safety. Soft skills set the good apart from the great.

Here is our list of the most valuable soft skills: 


1.  Communication 

General communication is essential to accomplish work in construction trades. Electricians have to communicate with each other to make sure no one gets electrocuted—whether they communicate verbally, through writing, or hand motions. There really is no over-communicating in a field like this. Communication isn’t a bad skill to have for everyday life either! The ability to communicate clearly and efficiently to individuals and/or a whole team is crucial for jobsite safety and success. When communication is clear, everyone knows what goal that they are working towards and the precautions that must be taken along the way. This is what keeps people safe and makes them productive. Set yourself apart from the rest. Take the extra step to ensure you are receiving clear communication while also relaying information accurately and timely. 


2.  Adaptability & Resilience 

As the world constantly changes, the demand for adaptable and resilient construction professionals increases. Employers are looking for individuals who can shift gears when things unexpectedly change while staying positive and motivated when things go wrong. The ability to keep a job site running smoothly is a direct result of how its members handle change and stressful circumstances. The best of the best adapt quickly and press on without cutting corners or compromising safety.  


3.  Time Management 

Individuals who possess time management skills have the ability to juggle various tasks efficiently while meeting expected deadlines. Excellence in this area makes the world turn—projects are consistently completed on time or even early! Managing time well supports a safe work environment. When no one is rushed or pressed at the last minute to complete work, they are able to do the job diligently without compromising integrity to meet project deadlines. 


Do you have these skills? If so, we would love to work with you! NCW has provided 20+ years of professional placement services and staffing to Top ENR General Contractors across the nation. Check out the jobs we currently have available on our job board and stay in touch with us by following @teamncw on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter!