Applying for jobs, writing your resume and acing an interview are all about presenting yourself well. You want to highlight the skills you have and how they match up with the job you’re applying for. Some of these skills are easy to assess. Are you familiar with Microsoft Office? How fast can you type? Do you have specific certifications etc. Other skills are less easy to qualify.
What are Soft Skills?
Skills like leadership, flexibility, and problem solving are all considered soft skills. Soft Skills generally refer to the personal skills one has that allows them to work effectively with others. Soft skills are about how good you are at interacting within a team and with others.
Are They Important?
For most employers, soft skills are just as important for the applicant to have as hard skills. While hard skills will prove you are able to do the specific tasks of the job well, soft skills will tell employers whether you can work with others and help their business grow. Soft skills speak more to who you are as a person rather than a worker, and while companies want good workers, they’re also looking for great people.
Showing Off Your Soft Skills
Soft skills can be a little harder to make clear. On your resume, in your cover letter and during an interview be prepared to share examples of how you displayed creative thinking, leadership and decision-making skills. Pay special attention to the soft skills that the company has put in their job listing and think of examples for each.
Improving Your Soft Skills
If you feel that your soft skills aren’t where they need to be to land you the job, there are a couple ways to improve them. Many soft skills simply need to be flexed and used to get a better handle on them. Seminars on leadership and teamwork can serve as a base to grow from. Volunteering in your spare time will also give you instances to use and grow your soft skills. You can also use stories from volunteering in your interview to demonstrate your ability.
Take time to grow your soft skills and find ways to share them through your cover letter, resume and interview.