How to make the most of your soft skills on a CV

04 Feb 10:00 by Adam Pyle


At a time when single job ads can attract hundreds of applicants, it can be soft skills that set your application apart from the rest. Here’s what you can do to make sure your CV showcases your soft skills in the best possible way.

Soft skills are the ones that relate to the way you conduct yourself in everyday life and your relationships with other people. They are closely linked to your personality traits and cover areas such as: communication; courtesy; flexibility; integrity; interpersonal skills; positive attitude; professionalism; responsibility; teamwork; and work ethic.

Whereas hard skills might be something like your typing speed, soft skills are usually a little less quantifiable. But that doesn’t make them any less important. Research has shown that more than one in every three recruiters believe soft skills are one of the most crucial things they take into consideration when hiring.

To give yourself the best chance of getting an interview – and being able to show off your soft skills with an employer face to face – your CV needs to deliver the message that you have them in place.

That message will not necessarily hit home if you are simply stating – like everyone else – that you are organised, or hardworking, or punctual. Luckily, there are three things you can do to make sure that your soft skills make an impression with any reader of your CV.


Avoid clichés

No one want to see a CV stuffed full of clichés. Saying you’re a ‘results-driven team player who works well with others, but also individually’ is something everyone has seen too many times before. Cut the fluff! As a general rule, your CV should be as short and sweet as possible. Simply making a long list of skills you vaguely possess, along with useless generic phrases, is taking up valuable space.


Mirror the job description

You will, of course, be tweaking your CV so that it matches the description of the individual job you are applying for. Before you start tweaking, highlight any keywords in the job description that relate to soft skills. For the skills that you possess, amend your CV to include those keywords.


Give examples

Finally, you will need to show exactly why those keywords apply to you. Back them up with examples of your soft skills in your CV. This is what will help you stand out from other applicants: explaining how you’ve used your skills in the past will demonstrate that you can add real value to the business of your prospective employer.


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