How Big a Role Should Soft Skills Play on a Resume?


Michael writes:
I don’t think my “soft” skills are a big enough part of the resume. I feel like those skills should have a lot of value in my industry. What do think about “soft” skills being on a resume?


The Career Doctor responds:
When my partner researched a book on executive resumes she was surprised that hiring decision-makers don’t find listings of soft skills very credible. Yes they are important but to make them more credible attach them to accomplishments. Something like this:

Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills by [insert accomplishment here].

On the other hand author Peggy Klaus is a big proponent of exploiting soft skills. Read her article on our site Are You Up To Snuff When It Comes To Soft Skills?.