May 11, 2020 - 09:23 PM
You must align your hard and soft skills to the hard and soft skills profiled in a job advertisement, and use the same language the job advertisement uses when profiling skills on your resume. If the job advertisement is seeking an applicant with excellent "communication skills," don't write that you have excellent "written and verbal skills." This slipup could cause your resume to be rejected by the ATS (applicant tracking system) that the company could very well have in place to sort resumes.
Never lie on your resume about the skills you don't possess, and also don't think that you must possess every single skill listed in the job advertisement. Most job advertisements are wish lists, and companies typically do not expect applicants to have every single skill listed in the job advertisement. Do, however, zero in on the skills that will be most critically important for success in the job. If the advertisement lists "superior proficiency with Google Analytics" as a required skill, and you have zero experience with Google Analytics, then it might be best to pass on applying for the job.
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Aug 17, 2018 - 09:04 AM
You'll need to incorporate a mix of hard and soft skills. Hard skills are measurable and focus on your knowledge. They include:
• Educational degrees
• Software proficiency
• Technical competencies
• Foreign languages
Soft skills are less measurable and more intangible. They include:
• Critical thinking
• Interpersonal communication
• Conflict management
• Leadership ability
• Problem solving
• Time management
Keep in mind, though, it isn't enough to just say you have these skills, you also need to provide examples that show you have them. Look at sample resumes for job titles you're interested in to see how others illustrate their hard and soft skills. It's also helpful to view several job postings for similar positions to get an idea of what skills are most valued most across the industry.
Many employers find job candidates lacking in soft skills, so it pays to give those special attention. Learn more about and how to address them on your resume from LiveCareer.