Why you should be including soft skills on your CV

Why you should be including soft skills on your CV

If you are on the hunt for a new role, there are many ways you can enhance your CV to help you stand out from the crowd.

The first would be to check the job advertisement to see what the employers’ priorities are in terms of skills and experience so that you can highlight these within your CV.

Around 93% of employers say that “soft skills” play a critical role in their decision on who they want to hire (source).

Soft skills are personal attributes that allow someone to interact effectively with other people. Check out the below list of top in-demand skills and see how many you can tick off and add to your CV:

  1. Communication skills
  2. Customer service
  3. Scheduling
  4. Time management skills
  5. Project management
  6. Analytical thinking
  7. Ability to work independently
  8. Flexibility

Being able to communicate well with others is top of the list and for right reason. When it comes to communication, especially now in a world of hybrid working where many rely on tech to communicate with one another. For example, how you respond to someone via email matters.

Communication skills come in a variety of forms such as listening skills, business communication, business writing, business etiquette, conflict management and interpersonal feedback.

When it comes to scheduling and time management, no matter your role, if you can’t successfully manage your time, you can’t be effective within your job.

And finally, when it comes to flexibility, people have to be able to manage a variety of tasks such as Zoom calls, answering messages all whilst ensuring an email of high importance is actioned on time. There is of course an element of prioritising your workload and ensuring you aren't overloading youself, but being able to multitask as well as being flexible in your approach to work, are both great soft skills to have.

The best way to display your soft skills on your CV is by providing examples of times you have used/demonstrated these or in bullet points under your job description.

Want to write a 10/10 CV? Then check out the links below for more helpful resources: