Mar 26, 2021 - 07:45 PM
The soft skills that matter most are the soft skills listed in the job ad, because these are the skills the hiring manager wants to see. This is why you should tailor your resume for every job, including the employer-desired skills in each section of your resume, like your professional summary, work experience and (of course) the skills section.
As you read the job ad, look for skills from the five main soft skills categories: communication, leadership, interpersonal, problem-solving and personal traits. You may find communication skills like writing and speaking; leadership skills like decision-making and coaching; interpersonal skills like courteousness and empathy; problem-solving skills like analysis and strategy; and personal traits like flexibility and being a fast learner. All of these soft skills are critically important to have -- for any job -- in today's work world.
Ultimately, your application will live or die based on having the right skills on your resume and cover letter. Applicant tracking systems are designed to weed out applicants who don't have the key skills and experience the employer wants to see.