Job Searching: Hard Skills and Soft Skills

Hard skills get you the interview.   Soft skills get you the job.

When interviewers read your resume, they are looking for hard skills.  Your experience shows your hard skills.  Here are some examples.

  1. Accounting
  2. Analysis
  3. Brand Development
  4. Computer Programming
  5. Data Management
  6. Education
  7. Financial Management
  8. Internet Programming
  9. People Management
  10. Planning
  11. Mathematics
  12. Research and Development
  13. Software knowledge (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, image editing, database, etc.)
  14. Selling
  15. Typing
  16. Writing

You show your soft skills in an interview.   Your interpersonal skills and your character skills are soft skills.

  1. Flexibility
  2. Integrity
  3. Listening
  4. Motivation
  5. Negotiation
  6. Patience
  7. Positive Attitude
  8. Self-initiative
  9. Sociability
  10. Speaking
  11. Teamwork
  12. Trustworthiness

Some people list soft skills in their resume.  If you find that you are having trouble keeping your resume from getting too long, remember that interviewers are not looking for soft skills when they read a resume.  They are looking for hard skills that show your qualifications for a job.  Therefore, put hard skills on your resume and practice your soft skills for your interview.

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