Don’t skimp on soft skills when writing your resume.
The vast majority of employers—77 percent—believe that soft skills (less tangible skills associated with one’s personality, such as team player) are just as important as hard skills (skills that are learned to perform a specific job function and can be measured, such as operating a computer program). Sixteen percent of employers said soft skills are more important than hard skills when evaluating candidates for a job.
The national survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder.
When companies are assessing job candidates, they’re looking for the best of both worlds: someone who is not only proficient in a particular function, but also has the right personality. Along with responsibilities, it’s important to highlight soft skills that can give employers an idea of how quickly you can adapt and solve problems, whether you can be relied on to follow through and how effectively you can lead and motivate others.
The top ten most popular soft skills companies say they look for when hiring include:
- Strong work ethic – 73 percent
- Dependability – 73 percent
- Positive attitude – 72 percent
- Self-motivation – 66 percent
- Team-oriented – 60 percent
- Multi-tasking, manage multiple priorities – 57 percent
- Works well under pressure – 57 percent
- Effective communicator – 56 percent
- Flexibility – 51 percent
- Confidence – 46 percent
It’s not sufficient to just list soft skills when communicating with a potential employer, try to make the intangible, tangible, “saying that you’re a team player is not enough; you have to show it,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder in a released statement. “Provide an example of how you worked on a team to accomplish a particular goal. Provide an example of a high-pressure situation that you handled with ease.”
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