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Interpersonal Skills to Help Your Resume

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Many employers use resumes to evaluate your competence in performing a job, and many are also trying to determine your overall qualities as a person.

Your resume should help them determine your attitudes about working with others, in addition to your career achievements.

With this in mind, include lists of interpersonal skills, communication skills, social skills, and hard skills you have to make you stand out among others.

Here are some tips for interpersonal skills to include in your resume:

1. Listening

  • When you describe yourself as a good listener, employers recognize a potential employee that will follow directions. It is also a good soft skill to have when being looked at for a position.
  • If you are applying for a position where you will actively engage customers, your potential employer will be looking for candidates that are attentive to customer needs and are customer focused.
  • Being a good listener helps you be more aware of the needs of your fellow employees. Hiring managers are aware that employees that support each other are vital to the success of the company. These skills also contribute to communication skills with other employees, supervisors and customers overall.

2. Solutions Oriented

  • Employers are always looking for candidates who focus on solving problems, instead of dwelling on the problems themselves, and being solutions oriented can help in communication skills and soft skills as well.
  • In many job interviews, you may be asked to describe your biggest challenge at your last job and the steps you took to handle it. Because it is a common interview question, it is an indication of how important problem solving is to most companies.
  • Employees that complain about problems are common, so a potential employee who is solutions oriented is highly desirable.

3. Humility

  • An employee who is willing to give credit to others is likely to gain their respect and admiration. This is another soft skill that employers can be looking at.
  • While employers appreciate your accomplishments, they also appreciate a potential employee who is unselfish and works well with others.
  • When you express your desire to accomplish company goals, instead of only personal goals, you are perceived as a candidate that can grow and develop.

4. Willingness to Learn

  • Candidates who have a foundation of experience and knowledge regarding a position, are important to any company. However, companies favor potential employees who are anxious to build on that foundation.
  • A willingness to learn is an indication that you know the importance of adapting to new situations. This can also contribute to communication skills and other soft skills needed for the position.
  • The responsibilities of your job may change and your potential employer wants to know that you are willing to be flexible.

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