When looking for new jobs it is not only important to include relative hard skills but also showcase soft-skills in your resume. Many candidates often overlook their soft skills and focus only showcasing the skills that relate directly to the job position. Although hard skills are very important to your the structure to your resume, soft skills are what separates you from other candidates.
Hard skills are the knowledge and ability based skills that are required for a particular job, while soft-skills are interpersonal or “people” skills that help you to successfully engage with other in a professional environment.
Organizations seek candidates with both sets of skill because regardless of the job, you have to interact effectively with supervisors and team members, as well as customers, vendors, patients, students, etc.
Top Soft Skills Employers Look For:
In a recent poll by Refresh Leadership, the Express Employment Professionals blog for business leaders, readers were asked what’s the most important soft skill they look for in a job candidate and nearly one-third “
Dependability/reliability (32%): Dependability is defined as the quality of being able to be counted on or relied upon. When you always do everything that you say you will and never make promises you cannot keep, this is an example of dependability
Communication (23%): Workplace Communication is often defined as the sharing of information, feelings, and ideas. Clear verbal communication on a professional level is necessary when building rapport and credibility with your employees.
Motivation (15%): Employee Motivation is the level of energy, commitment, and creativity that you bring to your job. Not only how motivated you are on a day-day basis, but also how you can motivate colleagues in a non-confrontational manner.
Teamwork (12%): Teamwork is generally understood as the willingness and cooperation in a group to work. How can you work in a group to achieve a common goal?
Commitment (8%): Organisational commitment is the bond you have with their organization and how loyal you are to fellow colleagues.
Another 10% of respondents elected to choose the “other” option and weighed in with the most important soft skills they look for, including “independent problem-solving skills,” “ability to learn quickly,” “trustworthiness/
Compared to a similar Refresh Leadership poll, in 2016, at the top of the list, for the third year in a row: Dependability/reliability (72%), motivation (48%), verbal communication (44%), teamwork (39%), commitment (39%).
In conclusion, it is not only important to have hard skills on your resume but also necessary to highlight the most important soft skills you possess to ensure you are seen as a top candidate. It also important to further showcase these soft skills throughout your employment because they allow you to build rapport and credibility between your peers, making you more likely for future promotions and potential leadership opportunities.
How can Maxwell Management Group Help you Land your Dream Job?
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- Reference Sheet: $45
- Thank you/ Follow Up Letter: $50
- Cover Letter: $75
- Simple Resume Formating: $100
- Resume Enhancement: $175
- Full Reconstruction: $225
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