Soft Skills

Soft skills are there in every step of the application process. They are in every job advertisement and are discussed in every job interview. Here we will detail for you the primary function of soft skills in applications.

Definition of soft skills
Examples of key soft skills
Providing soft skills


Definition of Soft Skills


•    Under soft skills it can be understood that the employer means the most important competencies required to be successful in your career.
•    The soft skills mentioned in the job advertisement should be interpreted correctly. General statements are difficult.
•    Soft skills are over mentioned; from the job advertisement to from the applicant themselves.
•    Only context can determine in the soft skills are important to the position or if they are filler words.  
Tip: Compare the job advertisement you are applying for with others from the same employer. If the same soft skills are being demanded from a trainee and a senior level manager then the individual skills are most likely not as important. If the individual skills vary from application to application, then the soft skills will in fact play a greater role.

Examples of Important Soft Skills

The following soft skills are used by employers in choosing their employees and help their employees in allowing for a successful entry of alumni into the working world. The following skills are often mentioned in adverts in one form or another:

•    Commitment
•    Responsibility
•    Communicability
•    Team skills
•    Ability to deal with criticism
•    Conflict managements skills
•    Independent working skills
•    Success orientation
•    Resilience
•    Initiative
•    Analytical skills
•    Wide knowledge in your selected field
•    Ability to learn

Think about each soft skill mentioned and what they could mean for the position in question. How the skills are mentioned and area to be used and their desired profile mentioned in the job advert along with hints from the website can help you determine what they are looking for.

Providing Soft Skills

Simply listing the soft skills that are mentioned in the job advertisement brings little benefit. Soft skills can only be properly presented by giving concrete examples.
For example, if you wish to prove your “communication skills” you would have to think of a fitting element to prove them. The personal example you choose must be a natural one and should be to convince the interview or reader of you skills. The phrase “communication skills”, the name of the skill itself, should not be mentioned otherwise, as the transfer of the skill should happen through providing precedent in which the skill would be observable.