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Hard skills

Soft skills


Everyone needs a mix of hard and soft skills to succeed in their career. Hard skills are vocational, technical skills that enable you to do your job. Soft skills are social, interpersonal skills that help you work with other people.

Usually, project management courses don’t teach you are the soft skills needed to be effective as a project manager. Read on to see the soft skills and hard skills needed by project managers.

Hard skills

Mathematic skills

  • Accounting.
  • Budgeting.
  • Auditing.
  • Data analysis.

IT skills

  • Typing speed.
  • Coding.
  • Programming.
  • Software knowledge.

Hard communication skills

  • Writing.
  • Public speaking.
  • Foreign languages.

Marketing skills

  • Social media.
  • Design.
  • CMS.
  • SEO skills.

Organization skills

  • Time management.
  • Planning.
  • Estimating.

Methodology or knowledge

  • PRINCE2®.
  • Scrum.
  • DevOps.
  • ITIL®.
  • Lean.

Industry knowledge

  • Engineering.
  • Construction.
  • Legal.
  • Healthcare.

Machine operation

  • Factories.
  • Agriculture.
  • Oil rigs.
  • Construction.

Soft skills

Teamwork skills

Your ability to work with others to achieve a common goal.

Communication skills

Your ability to clearly communicate verbally or non-verbally with colleagues.

Problem-solving skills

Being able to identify and analyse a problem and creatively propose a solution.

Positive attitude

Being calm under stress, learning from mistakes and building relationships.

Strong work ethic

Having discipline, integrity, professionalism and punctuality.

Critical-thinking skills

The ability to evaluate facts and form a rational judgement.

Soft skills and hard skills infographic

This infographic helps explain the difference between hard and soft skills.

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