What Are Soft Skills & Why They Matter

Soft skills are common or core skills that are typically desirable regardless of your profession. These are usually skills you’ve acquired through experience, or may simply be part of your personality. Soft skills are abilities you’ve learned through life experience, self-teaching, and emotional intelligence.

Soft skills matter because they are critical to your success at work. These are skills that are very difficult to teach during new hire training; they are gained through years of experience, successes and failures, and some people just possess them naturally. Soft skills are typically just as important to employers as hard skills and help you stand out among competitors. These skills enable you to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people at your work.

Here are some examples of soft skills:

  • Time management
  • Public Speaking
  • Creativity
  • Problem Solving
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Adaptable to Change
  • Decision making
  • Negotiation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Persuasion
  • Self-motivated
  • Leadership
  • Critical Thinking
  • Goal-oriented

You should highlight your soft skills in both your resume & cover letter. Contact us to learn how to best feature your soft skills!