Don’t Leave Out Your Soft Skills on Your Résumé

May 27th, 2014

When you’re writing your résumé, you will probably focus on your education and work experience – your hard skills. There is another skillset that most job candidates don’t highlight but should due to its value in the recruiting process – soft skills.

What Are Soft Skills?

Soft skills are values-oriented personal attributes such as: “dependable,” “self-motivated,” or “flexible.” Soft skills are not measurable and usually compliment each other.

How Can Soft Skills Be Used on My Résumé? 

One way to highlight your soft skills is to feature them in your work experience role descriptions. For example, if you have a strong work ethic and want to communicate this to your potential employer, you could mention that you demonstrated a strong work ethic by staying late to see projects to completion. Share a specific example. Or, if you are a flexible person, you could mention that you had a flexible schedule when working at that start-up to make sure everything was finished in a timely manner.

Another way to feature your soft skills is to coach your references to use specific soft skills when describing you to a potential employer. This will help your potential employers see a full picture of who you are as a person. Make sure your reference knows what soft skills you want to be promoted for this specific job. 

What Are the Benefits of Using Soft Skills?

It’s important to portray yourself as a well-rounded candidate. When you provide soft skills for employers, you are showing yourself as a person and just not a job candidate. This will help the employers decide whether or not you’re the right fit for their company. The hiring process is often inundated with flashy work experiences or job titles. When you list your soft skills on your résumé, you’re setting yourself apart from everyone else and establishing yourself as a person.

It’s important to remember that your soft skills are just as valuable of a recruiting tool as your work experience. Don’t underestimate the power of communicating your core values and strengths to your potential employer. After you have updated your résumé, contact Olympic Staffing for your employment placement needs. They will arrange for you to interview with companies that match your existing soft skill set and would help a new skill set grow.

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