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10 Soft Skills Employers Look for When Hiring

November 17th, 2017

On your resume and during interviews, you know to promote hard skills and experience. But what about soft skills?

These are the intangibles – such as communication, leadership abilities and analytical thinking – that help you perform your best and work as part of a team. And more and more employers are looking for them.

So, before you submit your next resume or go to your next interview, make sure you’re focusing on these key traits:

  1. Communication: Communication tops the list for most-wanted soft skill because it’s important for nearly every position in industries across the board. Employers look for both good verbal and written communication skills.
  2. Flexibility: Business needs change on an almost daily basis. That’s why employers tend to hire those who can pivot and manage fluctuations.
  3. Attitude: Toxic attitudes sabotage teams. Employers know this and look for those who have the kind of attitude that makes a positive difference, not a negative one.
  4. Collaboration: The best ideas and innovations often stem from collaborative efforts – which is why hiring managers want those who work well with others.
  5. Work ethic: In today’s world, a strong work ethic can be hard to come by. But when you can demonstrate your willingness to do the job – and then some – you’re far more likely to get hired.
  6. Dependability: Employers need people they can count on, not those who deliver inconsistent results.
  7. Problem-solving skills: Problems are inevitable at work. To overcome them, hiring managers want to find and hire those who aren’t afraid to offer ideas, solutions and innovations to help their company remain on the leading edge.
  8. Confidence: Employees who are confident in their abilities not only perform better, but understand their strengths and where they can best apply them to make a positive contribution.
  9. Humility: A humble employee, rather than a boastful or pompous one, is a strong one because they’re willing to take constructive criticism – without getting defensive – and then use it to improve and excel.
  10. Enthusiasm: Employers want to hire people who are curious, always learning and excited about the possibilities ahead.

A lack of these soft skills is often the reason candidates don’t make the cut and come in second place for the job. But if you demonstrate some of the qualities above, you can set yourself apart and win the offer over your competition.

If you’d like more tips and advice on making a positive impression on employers, read this post and this one, too. And if you’d like professional help with your job search, turn to the recruiting experts at TRUE Group. We know what hiring managers want in a new hire – and we can help you craft a resume and prepare for interviews so you can put your best foot forward and shine. Find out more by contacting us today or searching our Greenville, SC jobs now.

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