The Essential Soft Skills List

The Essential Soft Skills List

Why soft skills training matters and how Porter and Chester Institute integrates them into the curriculum

Soft skills are essential qualities that have grown from being an attribute for prospective employees to becoming a requirement during the hiring process. More than ever, employers are seeking qualified candidates whose attitudes towards work demonstrate their eagerness to work well with others, find solutions and deliver the best outcomes.

Career schools like Porter and Chester Institute have adapted soft skills training into their curriculum by identifying the primary skills employers are seeking in prospective employees. Our staff at each campus works with students, starting with the interview process by hosting resume-writing workshops and preparing for job interviews. Students are also taught the crucial skills that will be needed as students enter the workforce.

So, what is on almost every employer's must-have soft skills list?

Arrive on time

As the saying goes, time is money and employers see punctuality as a priority - and so should you. Arriving on time (and consequently arriving on time every day thereafter) is the first sign that your time, your employer's time and the work ahead matter to you. Not only does it express your respect and enthusiasm, but it also reaffirms your preparedness for the tasks in front of you.

Communicate effectively

Building strong lines of communication between you, your teammates and your employer is vital to success in any career path. Be open with your supervisor about ideas you want to share or challenges you might be facing, as it can prevent greater issues from arising down the road. Being honest about any questions or concerns provides time for discussion and problem solving that will make you a valuable team member, and may highlight your inner leadership potential.


Arriving with enthusiasm and a resolve to work with your peers - even those you find frustrating - is an attractive quality in a candidate. Supporting your teammates with time and small tasks is a great way to build solidarity and stability as you move forward. If you are able to organize plans that will best utilize each team member's strength while working well with others, you'll find that you can achieve goals that may have seemed unattainable at one point.

If you're interested in pursuing a change in careers and are looking for soft skills training, consider visiting to get more information on our programs and campuses!