Hard skills are very specific abilities for each job or industry. You gain them through learning in school and extracurricular classes, or through job experience.
Soft skills, on the other hand, are specific and typical to each person, thus recruiters consider them invaluable once found. Soft skills can be used in any 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 their skill set and experience, and the company’s needs. This is called value proposition.
According to a 2018 job outlook report by National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies seek the following skills on applicant resumes:
Top In-Demand Job Skills on Resumes:
- Team work
- 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 TIPTake lists with a grain of salt - while those are statistically most wanted skills, you shouldn’t just use them directly in your resume without any support of your claims. Instead, read the tactics below and decide which are the most relevant skills for you.