How to mention your soft skills in your CV

Chances are you’ve heard of “soft skills,” also called soft skills, especially when it comes to getting back to writing and applying for a job. You definitely want to showcase your soft skills on your resume and you will likely be asked about your soft skills even in a job interview.

But do you really know what soft skills are and why they are important? Do you know how to best show skills on your resume and which employers find most valuable? In this article we try to answer these questions, showing you how to best mention soft skills in curriculum vitae and increase the chances of attracting the attention of recruiters.

Prove, don’t tell

The best place to demonstrate your soft skills is in your achievements. When writing bulleted lists of your work experience, consider the soft skills you want to emphasize and choose outcomes that illustrate them effectively. Start with an action verb that highlights the soft skill in question and use numbers and metrics to confirm it. Instead of saying that you are a “team” worker, talk about the size of the teams you have worked with, your specific role and the achievements of the team.

Don’t just say that you have excellent communication skills, but instead mention a conference you spoke to, an article you posted, or the percentage of new customers you gained through fact-finding calls. Do you want to show initiative? Include a process that you have simplified or automated or a new approach that you have guided. In other words, hiring managers don’t want to read the opinions being told: they want facts that allow them to make a decision.

Adapt your CV tailored to soft skills

Most soft skills are less industry or role specific than the complex skills required for a job. Some ‘core’ soft skills you will need in almost any position are teamwork, initiative, leadership, analytics, and communication. You should choose results that highlight these skills on almost any resume.

Some roles may require more focus on particular soft skills. Executive or senior-level roles, for example, are likely to require strong leadership and motivation skills, while for customer-facing roles you should emphasize your communication and customer service skills.

Teamwork, initiative and leadership skills: how to write them

With very few exceptions, most roles require some degree of teamwork. Companies want employees who are reliable, able to get along with others and to work with with pleasure and professionalism. To show teamwork skills, you should emphasize achievements that demonstrate your role in past teams and what you have achieved. Write percentages, statistics and number of people you collaborated with to achieve a certain result / goal; describe the tools used and your main role in the business.

When hiring managers look for employees who show initiative, it means they want people who can make decisions, work independently, and be proactive in suggesting solutions. Use action verbs like “Conceived”, “Revised” and “Developed” to show how you have taken the lead in past projects.

If you are applying for a senior or executive level position, leadership is likely to be your most needed soft skill. In your resume, provide examples of teams you led or people you mentored and what they achieved through these activities.

Problem-solving and analysis: fundamental skills for many jobs

While the role you’re applying for doesn’t necessarily require data, basic critical thinking and problem-solving skills are used in nearly every profession. Recruiters want to see how you tackle unexpected obstacles and solve problems before they become difficult problems to address, especially if you’re in an audience-facing position or working closely with clients. For example: “Developed an Excel macro and standardized report templates, resulting in efficient data collection and a 35% reduction in delivery times.”

Communication skills: essential in 2022

Communication is one of the soft skills most frequently listed in job descriptions. It is also one of the most difficult skills to self-evaluate. Give examples where you used those skills on a professional level. Organizing an event, speaking at a conference and leading marketing initiatives are all very relevant examples of this.

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