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“Hard” Skills and “Soft” Skills

I support the idea that a resume needs to have a fairly specific format: name and contact info at the top, a title followed by a professional/career summary next and then a list of skills. The list of skills often confuses people. Which skills do you include, which are not important? So, let’s talk about skills.

There are two types of skills and you need to have some of each. There are “Hard” skills and “Soft” skills. “Hard” skills reflect what you know from experience and education. “Soft” skills are traits that you have which are less tangible and harder to quantify. Take a look at this chart and the article on this website to get a better idea of the difference between “Hard” and “Soft” skills. Which ones will you include on your resume?