How to leverage your soft skills to find a job

Writer Peggy Klaus says, “Soft skills get little respect but they will make or break your career”. Read to know how soft skills can benefit your career.

Skills are broadly classified into two categories: Hard or technical skills and Soft skills. Hard skills type is a specific skill set that is directly related to a job or industry. These are generally acquired through certification, training, workshop, or other learning platforms. Such skills are often technical in nature such as software coding, data computation, drilling, driving, data analysis, programming, technical writing and so on. Most of you reading this are proficient in some hard skill or the other.

Now let’s talk about soft skills. These skills apply to all jobs in general and are often part of a person’s personality. You can improve your soft skills, but learning them from scratch is quite difficult, unlike hard skills. Therefore, candidates with strong soft skills such as people skills and social skills are highly valued in any organization. 

One common and critical mistake job seekers make while making their resume is to ignore mentioning their soft skills and only harp about their technical knowledge and experience.

Please note that soft skills play a crucial role if you want to take up a senior role and want extraordinary career growth and it is of utmost importance to an employer to hire people with strong soft skills.

Let us show you how to develop and use your soft skills when looking for a job to accelerate your career trajectory.

Know about your soft skills

First of all, you should know what the term “soft skills” means. It basically refers to the non-technical skills i.e. the skills which throw more emphasis on your personality and behaviour. Understanding this definition will help you think about your soft skills. Some of the common soft skills that people mention about themselves are: 

  • Communication 
  • Leadership  
  • Team player 
  • Critical thinking 
  • Ethical 
  • Hard worker 
  • Time management 
  • Conflict resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Convincing 

2. Develop the skills required for the job 

2. Develop the skills required for the job - blog

Sometimes a few soft skills are very crucial to the job that anybody who doesn’t possess those skills won’t be able to perform the job. If you think you don’t possess the exact skills required for the job, develop those skills. There are various ways in which you can develop your skills. One such great source is apna app, where you will find various community groups dedicated to upskilling and professional networking. This app is a great platform for searching for a job as well as career development.   

3. Mention the most relevant ones in the CV 

Did you know that almost all recruiters screen CVs by keywords? And these keywords are mostly your skills. So if you want your CV to get shortlisted, mention your soft skills smartly.  

You might be good in several fields and might possess numerous skills too. But you should know what your job needs the most. Employers look for the soft skills that are most relevant to the job. So you shall first shortlist the soft skills relevant to your career and then mention the ones which are most significant to the job you are applying for. 

For eg. If you are applying for any sales job, you must mention “Communication skills & Persuasive skills” in your CV. This will catch the eyes of recruiters and will also make your CV shortlisted instantly in the screening. 

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