To get a job, a growing number of employers say we need to develop our SOFT SKILLS. That’s the term hiring managers use for the things we don’t learn in school, but which often matter more than having the right experience or degree. For example:

  • Soft skill number 1 is Communication, meaning, the ability to speak and answer questions clearly and directly. Experts say it’s something employers start paying attention to from day one. Because how you present yourself tells employers how you’ll represent the company if you’re hired.
  • Plus, communication is essential to the second soft skill: Teamwork. There’s a reason you’ll find that word in almost every job description today, because bosses want to hire people who can work well with others. That’s why experts recommend doing volunteer work, or joining a sports team, and then highlighting that team experience on your resume and in the interview.
  • Another soft skill: Adaptability. That means being flexible and having a good attitude about it. Because unexpected change is a fact of life in today’s job market and bosses prefer hiring people who show they can change and keep up, without complaining about it.
  • The next soft skill you won’t learn in school: Good judgment. A recent survey found that good judgment is among the “must have” skills that 98 percent of employers look for in new hires. That’s why experts say it’s important to think about what you choose to post, or NOT post, on websites like Facebook and Twitter. Because if you’ve ever posted something like drunken party pics, or personal attacks it’s a sign that you probably don’t use good judgment.
  • One more soft skill: Being nice. Surprised? Research shows that one of the top “pet peeves” workers have today is working with someone who’s rude, or complains.

And don’t miss this: A new Harvard study found that when hiring managers have a choice between two candidates, the person with stronger “soft skills”, like being friendly, is more likely to be hired than one who’s more competent but rude.