Often, candidates with soft skills are in high demand for many industries and job types and they’re essential for success in any workplace. According to Wikipedia, “these skills can include social graces, communication abilities, language skills, personal habits, cognitive or emotional empathy, time management, teamwork and leadership traits.”

Soft skills are much different than hard skills, which are directly related to your job. For example, a carpenter knows how to use framing squares and operate a power saw, which are hard skills; the way he communicates with customers is a soft skill. 

It doesn’t matter which job you apply foryou need soft skills to become successful. Here is a list of 30 soft skills your employer will likely value:


  1. Strong work ethic
  2. Professionalism
  3. Positive attitude
  4. Communication skills
  5. Leadership skills
  6. Self-motivation
  7. Loyalty
  8. Time management skills
  9. Flexibility
  10. Project management skills
  11. Self-confidence
  12. Ability to accept constructive criticism
  13. Presentation skills
  14. Public speaking skills
  15. Ability to learn quickly and thirst for knowledge
  16. Logical and analytical thinking
  17. Problem-solving skills
  18. Creativity
  19. Decision making
  20. Dealing with difficult situations
  21. Social skills
  22. Team mentality
  23. Dedication
  24. Punctuality
  25. Reliability
  26. Resilience
  27. Results-orientation
  28. Emotional intelligence
  29. Adaptability
  30. Strong organizational skills


If you have the soft skills from the list, consider adding them to your resume to let your potential employer know.

Many people don’t have appropriate soft skills, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn them. If you need to bridge a soft skills gap, consider reading the book “Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent” by Bruce Tulgan.


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