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If you’re looking for a new job, there are a few essential first steps you need to take. Namely, write or embellish your resume, search for open positions on online job boards such as ZipRecruiterand prepare for potential job interviews. But before you can get an interview, make sure your resume really highlights your best skills.


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Your resume should contain examples where you have shown hard and soft skills. Hard skills are usually technical and quantifiable skills, while soft skills are a combination of social and interpersonal skills that can be part of a person’s personality and can be learned through experience.

Both hard and soft skills are valuable to companies and something recruiters look for when reviewing applications. By including examples of soft skills on your resume, you give recruiting teams more context into your professional background and a glimpse of your personality.

To further personalize your application, refer to the job description and match the soft skills in your resume with the skills listed in the vacancy. Be prepared to tap into these skills in your interview to provide more context. Here are some in-demand soft skills to include on your resume.

Time management: Time management is a skill worth developing with tight deadlines and fast turnaround times that are so common in the business world. When you list time management on your resume, briefly explain a situation where you had to prioritize tasks to meet a deadline. This shows recruiters how to maximize efficiency and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Communication skills: Communication skills are the ability to share ideas or feelings and understand what is being communicated to you. Even if you’re not a confident speaker, communication skills can include skills in written communication, active listening, constructive feedback, negotiation, and collaboration.

Adaptability: Fast-paced work environments require highly flexible people. Being adaptable means being a strategic and creative thinker, meaning you know how to prepare for the unexpected. Navigating ambiguity is positive in the eyes of recruiters, and effectively communicating this experience on your resume can land you an interview.

Leadership: Hiring managers put leadership skills at the top of their list – thankfully, leadership experience can come from anywhere. You can still demonstrate leadership skills on a resume, even if you’ve never had direct reports or led a team. Think of situations where you have delegated tasks, led a project or developed a new process for your company.

No matter where you are in the recruitment process, ZipRecruiter can help you find your next career move. Savvy job seekers know what it takes to stand out in a sea of ​​applications, and ZipRecruiter is the competitive edge you need. ZipRecruiter uses powerful AI matching technology and has the #1 rated job search app on IOS and Android1. Users receive job alerts informing them by letting them know when their application has been reviewed, and at the touch of a button you can submit your profile to job postings anytime, anywhere.

1 Based on job seeker app ratings, January 2021 to January 2022 from AppFollow for ZipRecruiter, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor, Indeed, LinkedIn, and Monster

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