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Upping Your Game with Soft Skills

When taking on the task of revamping your résumé, you're likely thinking of quantifiable hard skills you could add to show potential employers you're well-rounded and qualified.

Experience matters, after all. But what about soft skills? You know, the interpersonal attributes that make us, well ... Human?

Here are some soft skills to consider highlighting—whether you're looking to get hired, snag a promotion within your current organization or simply want to up your game.

A positive attitude.
Your tone matters! Ultimately, the way you approach and react to projects and initiatives thrown your way could influence others around you—and not for the better, if you're not careful. Showing that you can embrace both the highs and lows of a position, with positivity, is huge.

Simply listening.
Regardless of how long you've been doing something, listening never goes out of style. There's always more to learn, and showing you're willing to slow your roll to hear what others have to say advances the efforts of your whole team. Finding it difficult to connect? Schedule specific focus meetings with team members to share questions, concerns and ideas.

Learning from criticism.
Always remember: Nobody is perfect. Though it's difficult to make a mistake or hear negative feedback, showing employers and your team that you're willing to grow and not take anything personally is a tremendous asset.

Picking up on social cues.
How you interact with customers and colleagues means a lot. Being able to "read the room" and get a feel for how others are perceiving you and your message keeps you from hitting a wall in the communication realm. Demonstrating you're in tune with interpreting body language and nonverbal communication elevates an organization's trust in you and the belief that "You've got this!"

Self-awareness and work ethic.
A quality often difficult to teach, work ethic means showing up on time, staying focused and on schedule, and being able to complete what's asked of you in a timely manner. Showing that you're aware of what it takes to have a strong work ethic and putting those elements into action will always be impressive.

Written by Sarah Suydam, Staff Writer for Groups Today.

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