●WANTED: Payroll Manager with BA in accounting, five years of management experience, extensive knowledge of payroll principles, and a sense of humor.
Wait. Humor? Now you have to reconcile W2s, process checks, and crack up coworkers? Has the job market become that competitive?
等等，幽默感？現在你必須要對報稅單，檢查流程，還要能夠讓員工開心？什麼時候職場變得這樣競爭？ 老闆的要求看來很多，但其實他們只是在找好相處的人，當然，先決條件是這些人都已具備核心工作技能，這就是所謂「軟技能」。它是除了自身的專業技能之外，與個人特質 (personality traits)，通情達理 (social graces)，語言能力 (facility with language)， 個人習慣 (personal habits)，親切 (friendliness)，樂觀 (optimism) 有關的集合。「專業和核心競爭力讓你獲得了面試的機會，但是軟技能卻能幫你得到這份工作。」
Not exactly. Employers seem to demand the moon these days, but they're really looking for candidates who may be easier to work with (assuming they already have the core skills to do the job)。“Today, employers want to see a candidate's ability to show value in the workplace beyond the job description, ”Stefanie Cross-Wilson, co-president of recruitment and talent management at Hudson, tells “It's the tangible skills or core competencies that get you in the door. It's the soft skills that often get you the job. ”
Any of these six qualities could give you a competitive edge:
Leadership/Team Building. Leadership skills are not only critical for supervisory positions, but also for candidates who may want rise to positions where they'll give directions to others, experts say。
Team Player. Employers like people who play well with others. Even if the job you seek isn't officially part of a team, an employer may want examples of how you collaborated with people who don't report to you。
Goal-Oriented Self-Starter. While employers don't necessarily want loose cannons or mavericks, they do appreciate people who don't need to be told what to do and can set their own tasks and follow through。
Excellent Communicator. No matter what the core job duties are, the ability to write a coherent memo or email, give clear verbal instructions, and help meetings run smoothly will probably be needed。
Flexibility/Multi-Tasking Ability. Sometimes employers will call this the“ability to wear many hats.”Most professionals have multiple job duties even in the best of times. In an environment rife with layoffs, managers are especially comforted knowing a candidate can take on even unanticipated tasks。
Sense of Humor. “While I don't hear recruiters asking for candidates who can tell a joke well, I do believe that evidence of light-heartedness and/or the ability to lighten up a tough situation is valued, and self deprecation seems to be well-received, ”says McKee, president and founder of BusinessSuccessCoach.net and author of “Career Wisdom.”
You don't have all of these soft skills? Don't worry. Even in today's job market, it's not necessary to be super-human. Cross-Wilson says: “Employers don't expect you to be brilliant at everything. In the interview you can be honest if there is a weakness you have. If you are able to be relaxed and be yourself, they'll see you as authentic. ”
1. To bring (oneself) to accept: 使順從於；使（自己）去接受：
He finally reconciled himself to the change in management. 他最終使自己接受管理上的那個變化。
2. To make compatible or consistent: 使符合，使一致：
The figures would not reconcile. 那些資料不相一致
因為有讓資料一致的意思，銀行或會計的對帳，經常會用這個字，例如銀行的對帳單就叫bank reconciliation (statement)。
(二)wear many hats：身兼數職。同時扮演多種角色；打點許多事情
例：His father wore many hats just to remain solvent.（他父親身兼數職，才能持續償付債務。）
In his present job there are so many different responsibilities involved that he has to wear several hats.
例：As it turned out, he's not just a loose cannon. He makes sense. Some loose cannon in the State Department has been leaking stories to the press. （結果他並沒有一意孤行，反而是有些在國務院內自行其事的人把消息洩露給媒體）。