Hard skills are very specific abilities for each job or industry. You gain them through learning in school and in extracurricular classes, or through your job experience.
Soft skills, on the other hand, are different for each person. This is why recruiters consider them invaluable once they understand you demonstrate them on a regular basis. Soft skills can be used across every job industry, and often help in doing your job better.
Candidates with the right combo of hard and soft skills create a match between what they offer in terms of abilities, and what the company’s needs are. This is called a value proposition.
According to a 2018 job outlook report by National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies seek the following skills on applicants’ resumes:
Here’s a List of Top 20 In-Demand Resume Skills:
- Written communication skills
- Work ethic
- Analytical skills
- Verbal communication skills
- Detail-oriented skills
- Technical skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Computer skills
- Organizational skills
- Strategic planning
- Friendly personality
- Language fluency
Source: Job Outlook 2018 by NACE
PRO TIPAlways be careful when adding skills from a list. While they can be statistically the most wanted skills, you shouldn’t lie on your resume. Always back your skills up by examples. Read the next lines to see how and why.