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Soft Skills List (and how to use them!)

Soft skills list and how to use them in your resume and professional bio

Soft skills are parts of your personality and work style that are hard to quantify, but are key to success. These are typically the words people use to describe you.

For instance, my colleagues say I’m calm and rational.

My professional bio says, “Towanda’s calm demeanor is priceless in stressful situations. By avoiding panic, she can think strategically and solve problems quickly. She is a reassuring voice that everything will work out.”

See what I did there? I listed the soft skills and I shared how they are helpful.

This is very important when using soft skills in your resume and bio. For instance, lots of people say, “I have great communication skills.”

Unfortunately that doesn’t say much. “Great” is relative.

Now, try this. “Jane uses multiple ways to communicate with her team. Whether it’s a weekly progress report via email, an open door policy, or eating lunch with team members, she ensures the lines of communication remain open. As a result, her team is one of the best performing in the company.”

That is a much stronger statement, adding results for a subjective characteristic.

Now that I’ve shown you how to use your soft skills, here’s a list to get you started. Keep in mind, these are just examples. This is in no way an exhaustive list.

30 Soft Skills For Your Professional Bio and Resume

active listener
calm
creative
critical thinker
curious
deadline driven
energetic
flexible
friendly
inspiring
interpersonal relationships
keen attention to detail
level-headed
logical thinker
motivating
optimistic
organized
patient
persistent
persuasive
pleasant
positive
quick thinker
self-directed/shows initiative
social
strategic
team player
time management
troubleshooter
technology savvy

Good luck! Towanda

Three Things Every Professional Bio Should Do

Your professional bio is a clear and truthful representation of who you are, what you’ve done and the value you provide – both professionally and personally.

Here are three things to remember when writing or reviewing your bio.

Your bio should highlight your personality and achievements. Write in a conversational tone. Think of it this way. When someone reads your bio it should reflect who you would be if they met you in person.

Key accomplishments and accolades are front and center. Include work and volunteer experience, along with education that’s relevant. Include the things that you would talk about if you had to toot your own horn.

Be brief. I know, it is very tempting to include everything you’ve done since childhood. But, the average length for a long bio is less than 500 words (no more than a page). Use these words wisely and focus on the highlights. If you insist on listing everything you’ve done, link to your resume.

Bonus point!

Your bio is not a resume. Your bio is a summary, written in a personable tone. Feel free to use your resume as a reminder of what you’ve accomplished, but everything in your resume is not bio worthy.

Good luck with your bio and if you’d like help writing it, I’d love to talk more.