by Charlene Chicalo, Career Advisor, JEVS Career Strategies

Q. What are some soft skills needed for a job search this year (and every year)?

A. LinkedIn recently conducted a study focusing on members who changed positions within the past year. The top five most in-demand soft skills include:

  • Good communication
  • Well-organized
  • Team player
  • Punctuality
  • Critical thinking

Recent changes to resumes:

  • You want to include an active LinkedIn URL
  • The objective is no longer being used – begin your resume with a summary or profile statement
  • You want to guide the reader’s eye, using bold text to make the most important information stand out
  • Use keywords from job descriptions, on your resume, to improve your chances of being selected by the Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

Recent changes to cover letters:

  • Should contain concise statements as to how your skills are relevant to that particular job
  • Should use keywords that match the job description listed by the employer
  • Should use clarity over creativity – using bullet points is eye-catching and easier to read
  • Never ignore a request to include a cover letter when applying for a position – this is the quickest way to get rejected for an opportunity to be interviewed

Changes to the interview process:

  • Always be prepared for a phone screen as the initial phase when interviewing
  • Do your homework: Conduct thorough research of the company
  • Dig deep: You want to offer information that shows more than just what is on the company’s website
  • Be prepared: Know your skills and accomplishments, and have your stories ready

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