Hard skills & Soft skills

It should be clear that a combination of hard skills and soft skills are what employers are looking for. They want a candidate to have expertise in a certain hard skill required by the position, but if that person is unable to work well with others, then no matter how talented they are, there are going to be problems.

 

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Hard skills & Soft skills

Hard skills are teachable abilities or skill sets that are easy to quantify. Typically, you'll learn hard skills in the classroom, through books or other training materials, or on the job. 

 

Examples of hard skills include:

  • Proficiency in a foreign language

  • A degree or certificate

  • Typing speed

  • Machine operation

  • Computer programming

 

Soft skills, on the other hand, are subjective skills that are much harder to quantify. Also known as "people skills" or "interpersonal skills," soft skills relate to the way you relate to and interact with other people. 

 

Examples of soft skills include:

  • Communication

  • Flexibility

  • Leadership

  • Motivation

  • Patience

  • Persuasion

  • Problem Solving Abilities

  • Teamwork

  • Time Management

  • Work Ethic

 

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