Mar 16, 2021 - 07:15 PM
- Reflect on your work experience.
- Take a skills assessment.
- Ask current or former colleagues for feedback.
- Review your resume.
- Review your cover letters.
- Carefully read job descriptions in your career field.
Unlike hard skills, most soft skills don't have a certificate of completion. You've picked them up through life experience and honed them over the course of many jobs. Soft skills even include personal traits like kindness and empathy that are impossible to measure and difficult to teach. You can more easily identify them by asking colleagues, taking skills tests and simply looking back on your work experience.
Knowing your soft skills and being able to effectively include them in resumes and cover letters is key to getting a hiring manager's attention. Job seekers who are fluent in discussing their skills, and can effectively highlight their strength in leadership, communication, problem-solving and collaboration will have an advantage over less conversant applicants.