Pretend you are a recruiter or a hiring manager. You are busy shuffling through papers all day long. You spend at most 30 seconds looking at each resume. You wonder why your hires are lackluster and do not improve the business. Maybe you look at a LinkedIn profile. While this is not the HR cultural reality we subscribe to, it’s the reality in today’s “Click-to-Apply” world.
Since you are career minded and a member of the Tinder generation, we suspect you may have multiple accounts with multiple job boards. Just a guess.
Anyway, we are here for you CareerNet Nation. Since it’s likely you’ll be applying for jobs through Indeed or Ziprecruiter (good luck!) you’ll be aware of the trend to include Soft Skills in your resume.
Confused? We have your back. Here is a link to download our short brochure on Skills, which includes a discussion on soft skills.
We also have your back on applying for jobs through job boards. Here are some hints we believe could help improve your results, highlighting your soft skills.
- First, have a look at the job description and see if the company has snuck in a few soft skills in the Requirements or Responsibilities sections.
- Second, after adding a hard skill example, offer a soft skill example in your experiences sections for each job listed.
- Third, if you choose to add a cover letter, reference a few soft skills you used in your most recent job.
- Fourth, review your resume so that you can speak to it during that interview.
- Fifth, while you are at it, maybe review your social media profiles and add a soft skill or 2 to the description. Just be honest. That alone will make you stand out on LinkedIn.