“Obviously, high competence as well as a string of skills and accomplishments on a resume will open many doors for job seekers. It takes more than just experience to gain employment and move up in a career, however. Specifically, soft skills help talented individuals stand out and build a reputation as a solid, reliable employee,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
Soft skills are the interpersonal skills required to communicate effectively with colleagues and leadership. While hard skills, like software knowledge, tax law expertise, or coding abilities, enable the efficient completion of work, soft skills allow a professional to stand out as someone with whom people enjoy working and can trust with important tasks.