Competition in the job market can be fierce! The key to landing that dream job is to make sure you stand out from the crowd and are bringing something to the table.

Employers are looking for candidates that are well-rounded and have the skills necessary to succeed in today’s fast paced business.

Although many jobs require technical skills, you might be surprised to learn that many employers value soft skills more. If you want to stack up, you’ll want to make sure you are showcasing these three important skills:

  1. Communication: Communication is an important part of most any role no matter what field you’re in. Employers want to know that you can communicate professionally with your team, be clear and appropriate when voicing concerns and be the voice of the company when interacting with clients and vendors. Candidates that excel in this area typically exude confidence, show a generous spirit and are comfortable having conversations with others. Employers may overlook a lack of work experience if communication is your strong suit.
  2. Teamwork: The number one reason people make a job change is due to poor relationships with a manager or other coworkers. Turnover costs companies a lot of money and ruins employee morale in the process. They’ll expect that you be able to show them great examples of working with a team and will do their best to gauge how well you will do your part and get along with other personalities. The more you can give real life examples the better off you’ll be; another tip is to make sure your words about other people are positive and encouraging.
  3. Initiative: In today’s society you’ll find plenty of folks with a lackadaisical attitude about work and employers want to avoid hiring those people. Someone who can demonstrate initiative will give 100% and not be afraid to rise to the challenge when needed. Those that bring to the table a strong work ethic will always be the first to stand out in a large crowd of candidates.

Now that you know which skills are most important, you’ll want to make sure your resume reflects that. If you’re lacking in some area research courses online that can help you build those skills and then add them to your resume; you’d be surprised to find a lot of free courses are available on the web. Make it easy for the prospective employer to see what you have to offer, they shouldn’t have to work for it.

My advice is to stay sharp, be professional and continue to develop these most sought after skills and in no time you’ll land that dream job.