With millions of Americans looking for work, it’s important that job seekers include a variety of skills on their resume
that will help them stand out from other candidates.Carilyn Penrod, director of career services at Brown Mackie College, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that while a good resume will include a job seeker’s relevant technical training and work experience, it should also reflect their soft skills.The main items I look for in interviewee, apart from hard skills, are self confidence, eye contact and a firm handshake, Penrod told the news agency. Penrod said soft skills, combined with integrity, appropriate dress and good grammar, can help a candidate appear to be more professional.Listening skills matter, too. Is the candidate paying attention to what I’m saying? Is the candidate providing thoughtful responses? she added.While listing soft skills on a resume is a good way to introduce them to a potential employer, Penrod said job seekers must be able to provide examples how they have helped a candidate’ past performance.The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were approximately 3.7 million job openings in the U.S. as of April 2012.