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What can make you stand out as a candidate in a crowded job market? The answers might surprise you. But what shouldn’t surprise you is the depth of talent in your field. Competition can often be stiff. Given the qualifications and talent in the market, it’s important to stand out from the crowd. Here’s what can help you shine a spotlight on your career and your potential.  

Highlight Your Communication Skills 

As is the case in almost every profession where one works with other people, communication skills are critical to getting the job done. Don’t let the general nature of this common soft skill lull you into thinking it’s not important. Communication skills include speaking, writing, listening, and you can’t have good communication skills without others. Above all, good communication skills are about the ability to share information with coworkers, clients, and supervisors in such a way that results in understanding and collaboration. This leads to our next skill… 

Feature Your Collaboration Skills 

Just as most professionals work closely with other professionals, it is rare to see each member of staff work exclusively within their own niche. Team dynamics depend on employees’ abilities to work with each other and build on each other’s ideas. Collaboration, or generally teamwork as it’s often referred to in job descriptions, is the ability to work well with other people from a variety of different backgrounds and mindsets. Keeping that in mind, it’s good to recall positive examples of your teamwork skills in action to show rather than tell an interviewer what a great collaborator you are.  

Talk about Your Creativity and Adaptability 

Creativity and adaptability are two soft skills that might not always be called on within the technical professions, but the ability to solve problems certainly is. In order to really progress within your career, you need to show your employers that you can think outside the box. That means being able to respond well to unexpected scenarios and provide solutions to the problems that occur. Innovation and adaptability can help to put you in the right place when your other skills are needed.  

Speak to Your Leadership Skills 

Lastly, but certainly not least important, are leadership skills. Like communication, many applicants present themselves as having high-quality leadership skills. But they may not actually know what is required to exemplify this soft skill. Leadership is made up of a variety of important abilities. These include risk assessment, taking initiative, and the ability to engage and motivate other team members. It also includes decision-making skills, resourcefulness, as well as building trust and loyalty. Leaders deliver on long-term goals and have the ability to overcome obstacles and solve problems. This is a critical skill set necessary for candidates looking to really make a difference. 

Don’t mistake these so-called soft skills for resume filler. They are critical in setting yourself up for success in a crowded market. Make sure to share examples of these soft skills in light of your technical accomplishments to help get the attention of your interviewers and hiring managers. 

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