HARD SKILLS VS SOFT SKILLS
Employers are looking to hire employees who have the right mix of two different types of skills: Soft skills and hard skills.
Hard skills are abilities specific to the job and/or industry. Generally, these are more technical skills you learn in school, certification programs, training materials or experience on the job.
Soft skills, on the other hand, are abilities that can be applied in any job. Often, soft skills may be referred to as “people skills” or “social skills” and include proficiency in things like:
- Foreign languages
- Operating certain equipment or machinery
- Customer service
- Time management
Hard skills are usually teachable while soft skills are typically personality traits much harder to develop, and therefore extremely valuable to employers. In most cases, your soft skills can enhance your hard skills. For example, if you’re a detail-oriented software developer skilled in a computer programming language, you’ll likely be able to catch errors and correct issues in the code you and your team create.
As a job seeker, it’s important to highlight your best hard and soft skills to position yourself as a well-rounded candidate. It’s also helpful to consider how the two types of skills relate to one another and the job so you can speak to this in your next interview.