Learn to Highlight Your Soft Skills

Learn to Highlight Your Soft Skills (Podcast)
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At Grantham University, we believe your education doesn’t have to stop with your degree. That’s why we offer online helps for the job-hunting process—from interview prep to putting together the perfect resume. Recently, three of Grantham University’s Career Launch experts got together for a series of podcasts about helping students and graduates reach their career goals.

Here are some of the highlights of today’s podcast covering soft and hard skills, what to include on your resume and other tips for the career hunt:

Soft Skills—Part of Your Character or Learned Behavior

While they can be hard to learn, soft skills can be developed through relationships and experience. The ability to stay organized, communicate effectively and be approachable, and to work efficiently on your own or as part of a team are essential soft skills in and out of the workplace.

“Employers want staff who fit in with the company culture,” says Bell. “They want people who can work in a team environment and espouse a culture of service.”

“They’re not just essential in job interviews,” says Bell, “they’re needed throughout your career. If you say you’re organized or have an attention to detail, but your resume is disorganized or has a mistake, well, that’s a red flag.”

On the other hand, you can’t get far in your job hunt without the actual learned hard skills an education can give you.

Hard skills, technical abilities, on-the-job training, coursework, a foreign language, bilingual capabilities, programming, computer skills, degrees—anything that’s learned are the hard skills. Those are the things in the requirements. Those are what is required to do a job.

“All the hard skills you can possibly get,” says Dimler, “They’re still important, especially in technical fields.”

Bottom line: You need a good mix of both soft and hard skills. Identify hard skills as soon as possible in a resume or a cover letter. Then define how you accomplish personal, team and company goals through soft skills like team work, attitude and persistence.

How to Help Your Resume Get Noticed for the Right Reasons

Too many people self-sabotage their chances in the career hunt with a poorly organized or written resume. You have a limited amount of time (and resume space) to make a good impression on a future employer—don’t waste either.

The prospective employer defines the job in the posting. Use the job-specific skills that is on the posting in your resume or cover letter. Only list applicable skills. Relevant information to their business on your resume is what they want. Employees at the company are also a good resource for understanding what an employer is looking for, according to Dimler.

“Do your homework. Go on LinkedIn. Find out what the employees at that employer say in their description. It will tell you a lot about how the employer defines itself, what it values.”

Keep fluff out of your resume. “Hobbies,” says Bell, “photography, archery—they may be an icebreaker in an interview but leave it off your resume.”

Also, according to Bell, outdated coding, putting in Microsoft Office skills, or words-per-minute typing skills—these are all assumed in the professional environment.

Last of all, make sure they know you early in your cover letter that you fulfill the qualifications. Bell adds: “Tell them I am the man or woman for this job!”

Now that you’ve had a taste, take 15 minutes out of your day to listen in as Bell, Dimler and McAuley offer their professional insights in this podcast.

At Grantham University, we believe your education doesn’t have to stop with your degree. That’s why we offer online helps for the job-hunting process—from interview prep to putting together the perfect resume. Recently, three of Grantham University’s Career Launch experts got together for a series of podcasts over helping students and graduates reach their career goals.

Here are some of the highlights of today’s podcast covering soft and hard skills, what to include on your resume and other tips for the career hunt:

About The Author

Shauna Lawrence has been with Grantham for over a year. As Grantham’s social media strategist Shauna has a passion for connecting with others and building a positive community for all students. Shauna holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Marketing from Kansas State University and is currently working on her MBA at Grantham University.