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What are soft skills?
If you’ve been researching ways to get ahead in your job hunt, you'd know that as well as hard skills, you will need to also demonstrate strong soft skills. Though the term is used frequently, you may not understand exactly what it means and end up not presenting them as well as you could have.
When updating your resume or positioning yourself during your next interview, you should know how to showcase your best soft skills as well as those personal attributes that you aren't the best with but can quickly identify is needed for the role you're applying for.
Let’s get familiar with what talents or abilities soft skills refer to.
Defining soft skills
While hard skills cover off your education, experience and background, soft skills can be thought of as the "human skills" that come naturally to you as a person. It's imperative not to overlook the importance and role of soft skills, as workplaces highly value staff and employees with interpersonal skills and good communication. And this all starts with how you present them in your interview.
Additionally, soft skills are aspects of your personality and work ethic, which make you a great team player and good culture fit. Remember they are also criteria that hiring managers seek but may not be stated outright in a job description. With active listening, thoughtful answers, and creative thinking, you can exhibit these skills and impress any interviewer. Plus, a skilled interviewer will absolutely expect you to do so, particularly if you’ve listed any of your soft skills on your resume.
Examples of soft skills
Since they are a little harder to define than hard skills, we’ve created a list of core soft skills for you to exhibit during the job search and interview process. While this is not a comprehensive list, it will give you a better idea of your own strengths:
- Active listening
- Communication skills
- Emotional intelligence
- Creative thinking
- Time management
- Conflict resolution
- Ability to perform under pressure
While you can exhibit some skills naturally during an interview – active listening, communication, motivation – you may have to be more creative to prove some of the others.
Conversely, don’t explicitly tell your interviewer you’re excellent at time management or decision-making. Instead, look for opportunities to weave in examples of when you were able to utilise those traits. This will prove that you possess these soft skills and also show you’re able to apply them in the workplace.
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