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What are soft skills?
Soft skills are traits that some employers look for that aren’t usually taught and are difficult to measure, such as how to communicate with coworkers in a respectful way.
Soft skills are traits that employees exhibit as a part of their character that could assist them and others in their career and day-to-day work. Soft skills aren’t usually taught in school. Instead, they are learned through discipline and interaction with others. Soft skills include time management, communication, team work, critical thinking, and decision-making.
By comparison, hard skills are skills you learn through training and that are measurable. When you are hired as a software developer, for example, your hard skills include knowing specific coding languages and the ability to write code that works. Your ability to work with other software developers, helping each other resolve problems in the code, would be a soft skill.
Example: Do you think I should include a section on my résumé for soft skills?
Where does the phrase soft skills come from?
The first records of soft skills come from around the 1950s. It was originally a military term that referred to skills that don’t require specialist training, such as completing paperwork.
Over time, the meaning of skills associated with communication overtook the military meaning. Soft skills, sometimes called interpersonal skills, are sometimes seen as more important than hard skills once the employee has become comfortable with their workplace. Many of the most popular résumé templates include a section for soft skills, and employers may ask about soft skills during a job interview or survey.
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- soft skill (singular noun)
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Hard skills get you in, soft skills get you far.
— Sahil Lavingia (@shl) May 18, 2021
How come schools don't have a whole year long course about how to interview for a job and on the soft skills that impress after you're hired. No employer cares about 99% of the stuff they teach you.
— Tai Lopez (@tailopez) November 19, 2017
The irony of "soft skills" is that they're often the hardest to master.
Leadership, communication, collaboration, creativity, and adaptability may not be technical, but they're increasingly vital.
Behavioral, social, and emotional skills are what make humans indispensable.
— Adam Grant (@AdamMGrant) August 12, 2021
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Soft skills include knowing how to communicate respectfully with coworkers.
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There were stomachs, taut and flat, but also undulating bellies, soft and bloated from the breakfast buffet.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Inevitably, the old visceral “hands-on” flying skills, no longer much employed by pilots, have atrophied like an unused limb.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Sadly, the world will never see the realization of those skills.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
These skills are particularly needed when, as in the case of the AirAsia flight, the airplane is at cruise altitude.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?|Clive Irving|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Francis is well into his seventies, looks it, has a mild demeanor and soft speaking style; but his rhetoric is electrifying.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF|Jason Berry|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And once more, she found herself desiring to be like Janet--not only in appearance, but in soft manner and tone.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
A few small rocks of some soft stone may be added, and in between these the Ferns are planted.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
His face flushed with annoyance, and taking off his soft hat he began to beat it impatiently against his leg as he walked.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
The delicious soft rains set in early, promising a good grain year.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
Not a zephyr ruffled the leaf of a rose, and a soft breathing fragrance bathed his reposing senses.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter