You may have heard the term Soft Skills before, but do you know what it actually means? Or how these new skills may impact your application?
In this article we explain what soft skills are and give examples of how to display the ones you have.
So, let’s get started. We’ve created this article in the form of a Q&A, as many of the below questions have been received over the recent months and may help to clarify by giving examples.
What are Soft Skills?
Soft Skills include the none-technical skills that relate to how you work. They include how you interact with others, how you problem solve and how you manage your work. They include interpersonal skills (also called people skills), communication and listening skills, time management and empathy (among many more).
Why are Soft Skills important?
When hiring there is focus on candidates being able to communicate that they can do the job, but in Denmark it is also vital to be able to fit in as part of the team. Hiring Managers typically look for candidates with Soft Skills as they make someone more successful in the workplace and ultimately more likely to stay as they fit into the team.
How do Soft Skills work?
Denmark is built on the principle that everyone is equal irrespective of status, power or wealth. This creates a strong ‘group’ mentality and means that it is vital to develop both soft and hard skills in order to gain employment. Soft Skills are often things that you can learn in one environment and then transfer to another, which is why they are often referred to as transferrable skills. This makes candidates with Soft Skills very adaptable employees and more attractive to hiring managers.
Are Soft Skills used in specific industries?
Although Soft Skills are highly sought after in all industries – some industries place a particular emphasis on Soft Skills as vital aspects of a candidate’s profile. Customer, hospitality and service based roles demand excellent Soft Skills and crucially are sought after by hiring managers. If you are seeking employment within these industries, then it is essential that you highlight your Soft Skills.
Where to include Soft Skills in your application?
The answer to this is – everywhere! Your CV is the obvious first choice. You can create a section called transferrable skills and then list the top 5 Soft Skills that are relevant to that specific role.
In your cover letter you can write and give examples of Soft Skills. Something like “as an effective communicator and team player….” works well and then give an example of a time you have used these skills.
On LinkedIn you can update your about section to include Soft Skills. You can even include Soft Skills in your past work experience descriptions.
Here’s an overview of just some of the Soft Skills that exist
Want more inspiration about Soft Skills? Then check out LinkedIn Learning’s article: The Top Skills In Demand for 2020 – click here.
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