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Career & Employment Resources: Soft Skills

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What are "Soft Skills"?

What are "soft skills"?
The Balanced Career defines "soft skills" as "non-technical skills that relate to how you work". Some examples of soft skills can include:

  • Adaptability
  • Communication
  • Creative thinking
  • Dependability
  • Work ethic
  • Teamwork
  • Positive thinking
  • Time management
  • Problem-solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Conflict resolution​

Why do I need soft skills?
Soft skills can be just as important as "hard skills" - skills that are very technical or job-specific - because they can help you to be more successful in the workplace. For example, someone might be a very skilled architectural technician, but if they cannot manage their time well or get along with co-workers or clients, they might not be very successful in the workplace. Soft skills are also transferable; they are useful and important regardless of the type of job, and can be learned on the job in many situations.

Soft Skills vs. Hard Skills



Ling, Melissa. (2018). Hard skills vs. soft skills. [Illustration]. The Balance Careers. https://www.thebalancecareers.com/hard-skills-vs-soft-skills-2063780  

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