Soft skills to include on your resume

Soft skills on resume

When you’re reading job adverts, you might see the specific qualifications or technical skills that you’ll need to get the job done. But more often than not, employers will list things like:

  • Great customer service
  • Teamworker
  • Able to adapt in a busy environment

And they’re all about your core or soft skills.

Soft skills go beyond what you’ve learnt at school or university – they’re things that aren’t generally taught but are really important in creating a well-rounded employee. Things like common sense, initiative, the ability to deal with people, and having a positive and adaptable attitude are all soft skills.

Soft skills for your resume

It can be really hard to “sell” yourself, especially if you’ve never had a job before or you’re not a confident person. It can also be challenging to showcase all your attributes in a concise way.

There’s a fine line to tread when writing your resume. You want to promote yourself and let prospective employers see why you would be great in the role…but you don’t want to come across as too cocky or outright lie. 

Our tip? Read your resume as if it belongs to someone else and see how you think it sounds. Or even better, get someone else to read over it and give you their reaction.

Here are a few examples of skills to get you started – see if there are any that fit you:

  • Teamwork
  • Positivity
  • Resilience
  • Leadership
  • Mentorship
  • Organisation
  • Attention to detail
  • Time management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • People skills
  • Reliability
  • Creativity
  • Adaptability
  • Decision making
  • Empathy
  • Multitasking
  • Prioritising
  • Motivation

Dos and donts

Here are some of our top tips when it comes to listing soft skills on your resume:

  • Do choose the strengths that other people, especially your references, can back up.
  • Do select skills that reflect your strengths, match the job requirements.
  • Do have examples in mind that will help you back up the skills, experience, or qualifications that you’re listing in your interview.
  • Don’t lie about your skills.
  • Don’t list too many skills (particularly if they’re not relevant).

If you have specific technical or hard skills that are relevant or transferable to the job you’re applying for, don’t forget to mention them too. These can be things like research skills, maths, coding, retail skills (e.g. using a cash register), stock taking, SEO, social media, typing ability, writing, editing, etc.

Ace your job applications

Need more ideas on how to impress employers with your job applications and at interviews? Read more blogs on our website, or grab yourself a copy of the Getting a Job Guide.

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