In this article, we will talk about the intangible (or soft) skills that should not be missing from any resume. Sure, technical skills are essential for being hired on the job, but it’s the intangible skills that will make you stand out among all the candidates applying for the job, why? Well, there are people who, even though they have the technique and are excellent in their work, lack passion for their work, and this is reflected in the way they get along with their colleagues and the way they treat the client.
So what are intangible skills? They are the personal qualities and attributes that allow a person to succeed in the workplace, qualities such as emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills, flexibility or leadership. By their nature, they are difficult to quantify so they are difficult to analyze and here we will talk about the following ten that seem to be the most important:
1. Be optimistic:
Optimistic people can help motivate a team when times get tough, and they are quicker to tackle more difficult tasks than others might be reluctant to take on.
2. Be nice:
We are not talking about being nice to your boss, but also to the entire team and anyone who crosses your path.
3. Be curious:
Any leader wants each team member to have a genuine interest in the job. They look for those who always seek to learn, both from the project and from other subjects, and grow both professionally and personally.
4. Have a work ethic:
Work ethic includes not only how you feel about your job, career, or vocation, but also how you do your job or your responsibilities. This implies attitude, behavior, respect, communication, and interaction; how one gets along with others. Work ethic demonstrates many things about who and how a person is.
5. Have empathy:
It is essential to be empathetic with all team members. To differentiate yourself from other candidates, be sure to demonstrate that you are in tune with the recruiter’s needs for the company and explain how you could help.
6. Have integrity:
It is the practice of being honest and showing a constant and uncompromising adherence to sound moral and ethical principles and values. Integrity shows that you value the team and the success of the team above yours.
7. Being a person of your word:
Keeping your word shows honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness, all of which are intangible skills that can distinguish you from other candidates. It also shows that you communicate proactively.
8. Be confident:
If you do not believe in yourself, it is difficult for someone to do it. Always be confident of your work and who you are and you will see how everyone will undoubtedly do too. Also when you are sure of your skills and your work, you are more efficient in your work.
The point of exposing these skills on your resume and demonstrating them in your interview implies that you will continue to practice and strengthen them for the rest of your career. Remember that to some extent they can be even more important to the employer than any technical skill.