Candidates with a strong list of soft skills are increasingly in demand in the sales industry. With the changes in the workplace brought on due to the coronavirus, the need…
Candidates with a strong list of soft skills are increasingly in demand in the sales industry. With the changes in the workplace brought on due to the coronavirus, the need for people with soft skills is even more pronounced.
It’s often the case that companies can find those with hard sales skills. But companies need more than this. They understand the need to find people who behave and think in a certain way. Companies need people with emotional intelligence. They want people who can adapt to ongoing change and are effective communicators and know how to work well with others. As a sales professional, this means you need to ensure soft skills are highlighted and prominent on your resume.
Our Toronto sales recruiters outline the top soft skills to add to your sales job resume:
According to the LinkedIn Talent Blog, many companies are focusing on emotional intelligence and other related soft skills.
“While hard skills are usually very specific to a person’s role in their company, the top soft skills — creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability, emotional intelligence — are needed to be successful in nearly any role,” says Bruce Anderson.
“New to the list this year, emotional intelligence has different meanings to different people. But Daniel Goleman, author of the 1995 best-seller Emotional Intelligence, has pointed to a mix of self-awareness, self-regulation, social skill, empathy, and motivation. Others cite the ability to recognize emotions, your own and those of others, and to use emotional information as fuel for productive thinking and behavior,” he adds.
Here are the 5 top soft skills that companies need the most in 2020:
In addition to the top soft skills above, here are other soft skills you could add to your resume based on the job description and your specific skills and experience:
There is no shortage of skills you could list on your resume. So, which ones should you include? You need to identify the skills that are your strong point. Remember you have limited space on your resume to include them. Focus on your strengths and soft skills that are applicable to a sales environment.
To figure out which skills to include:
The most effective way to highlight your soft skills is to create a stand-alone section. You can call it something as simple as “soft skills”. Focus on the top 3-5 soft skills that are applicable to the job. Bullet points will suffice. If possible, quantify the skill with an example of the impact you’ve had at a previous job.
Make sure you match your skills with what the company is looking for. Creating that connection is the key thing to help you stand out as a candidate.
Soft skills will continue to play a more important role in what companies look for in candidates. Make sure to highlight your soft skills on your resume. It can help you get a sales job interview.
Adding soft skills to your resume is not the only way to enhance your candidate status. Check out these other insightful blogs about mistakes to avoid, ways to sell yourself in an interview, and more:
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Claire has 4+ years of experience in sales and recruitment. As a Director of Client Services, her main objective is to connect great people to great companies by building strong relationships with both top clients and candidates in the sales industry. She specializes in sales roles of all seniority levels for both enterprise and start-up clients North American wide. When Claire isn't networking with top talent, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling and spending time with friends & family.