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Though negotiable, soft skills are actually an important element to a resume. Conveying your soft skills can be done in a multitude of different ways. Most candidates put them in a special section and list them out. While others list them within their job experience duties. Now what way is best and what skills should you be highlighting? We’re here to tell you!

What to Add

Soft skills are skills that are acquired vs. taught. They are integral when it comes to fitting within a company and the position itself. Here are some of the top examples that recruiters and employers are looking for right now:

  • Adaptability
  • Problem Solving
  • Creativity
  • Time Management
  • Leadership
  • Attention to Detail

If you’re submitting your resume to a specific position, highlight any soft skills mentioned in the job description. Adding the skills reflected in the job description serves a few purposes. One, it shows whoever is reading your resume that you’re an eligible candidate for the job! Second, databases are often scanning resumes for keywords before it even reaches a human. So phrasing your skills the same way as the job listing is important!

Formatting Your Skills

So how do you go about formatting your skills within your resume? Show rather than tell. Anyone can list out skills that they have. Adding explanations of your soft skills within your previous job experience will differentiate yourself from other applicants. For example, instead of just listing “leadership”, provide an example of a time that you lead a marketing project and it lead to an XYZ result above. This shows your soft skills are being utilized and are effective.

Don’t add any soft skills that you’ve used once or aren’t excelled in. For example, if you took Spanish during your high school years but never used it again, you probably shouldn’t be including that as a skill on your resume. Recruiters and employers are interested in the skills that you know well!