Soft skills are employment traits that help an employer decide if your temperament suits a particular job. They can include problem-solving, organization, time management, teamwork and communication, and serve as clues to how well you might adapt in a new job or career.
The New York Times recently reported that "skills like cooperation, empathy and flexibility have become increasingly vital in modern-day work."
A key part of job searching is letting potential employers know about your valuable soft skills. Start by identifying your own soft skills. Are you a good listener, creative, trustworthy? Next, match up your soft skills with what employers are looking for. Then, incorporate them into your resume, cover letter and interviews. Learn how in the Smart Start guide.