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Why soft skills are having a moment

Organisations are quickly discovering that soft skills can be the difference between great employees and good ones.

Whilst they are intangible and harder to quantify than job-related hard skills, soft skills can help facilitate human connections, build relationships and create more opportunities for advancement.

Key soft skills

Regardless of the job you’re applying for, you need to demonstrate at least some soft skills on your application to show you can get along well with others, including managers, co-workers, clients, vendors, customers, and anyone else you communicate with while on the job.
Plus, the rise of AI is only making soft skills increasingly important, as they are precisely the type of skills robots can’t automate.

LinkedIn recently analyzed hundreds of thousands of job postings in order to determine which skills companies need most in 2019 with the following five coming out on top:

  1. Creativity
  2. Adaptability
  3. Collaboration
  4. Time Management
  5. Persuasion

As these skills are sometimes harder to teach, employers want to know that job candidates already have the soft skills that enable them to be successful in the workplace.

How to present your soft skills

After you have identified your soft skills, include them as keywords on your resume and cover letter, paying particular attention to the description of your work history.
Each job will require different skills and experiences, so make sure you read the job description carefully, and focus on the skills listed by the employer. 

Finally, remember to highlight these skills in your interview and be prepared to give examples of how you’ve exemplified each.

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