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Soft skills are some of the easiest attributes to showcase in a professional setting, but are also some of the hardest to quantify. Most of these are focused more on you as an individual on a personal level, rather than the technical knowledge you’ll need for next job.
From the job application to the interview process, your next employer will probably have mentioned which soft skills you’ll need along with your relevant hard skills. Will it be your creative skills or your personal skills? Will your personality traits blend with the rest of the team?
Below are examples of specific soft skills you’ll need in your next dream job. Some may even be listed as soft skills employers already have outlined in their job description, or, that you had mentioned in your cover letter. Each of these non-technical skills are just as important to have as any professional experience.
Strong communication skills are some of the most important soft skills to have. As more team members are a hybrid of remote and in person schedules, one of the most relevant skills you’ll need is the ability to communicate effectively. A big part of this is the ability to practice active listening, strong verbal communication, and written communication skills.
Another top soft skill is the ability to manage yourself and your work. This can encompass how your different job duties get accomplished and what kind of smart decision making you are capable of. Time management and project management could be considered the most important in this category. Being able to manage similar soft skills like prioritization can illustrate your inherent traits and real-world knowledge.
This use of critical thinking skills is a necessity in the workforce. By using your attention to detail and organizational skills you can really highlight your work ethic and even hard skills related to your new position. Problem solving is also one of the more popular soft skills to have listed on your resume.
Having a positive attitude and good social skills can indicate to your new job the strong leader you can be. It’s not just the Human Resources department that needs people skills. This is an important soft skill to have even if working independently. Developing leadership skills means building and highlighting your listening skills and time management skills. Critical thinking and emotional intelligence also come into play here. Being able to logically handle a situation and have ownership of your actions are some of the best ways to demonstrate your soft skills.
With the right skills, you can leave a positive impression on the next hiring manager you meet.
Check out our advice section for more professional development insights. You can also reach out to one of our recruiters who can help you to navigate your next career move.
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