Creating a resume that will be looked at and selected by recruiters can be difficult. One of the key things that people often forget to include is soft and hard skills. These are important because you want to rise above the competition and stand out amongst the crowd. RCC states that the “employer must quickly understand what advantages you offer [a] company. Think of yourself as a product and the employer as the consumer. How would you sell your product (yourself) to the employer?”

The National Association of Colleges and Employers defines soft skills as common skills or core skills which are desirable in all professions. Hard skills are technical skills (e.g., typing speed, machine operation, or CRM Platforms).

The first step in deciding what skills you need on your resume is to look at the description of the job you’re applying for. You can see there what the employer is looking for and tailor your resume to fit their needs.

These are the Top 10 Soft Skills that employers look for:

  1. Negotiation
  2. Detail-oriented
  3. Meeting deadlines
  4. Leadership
  5. Results-oriented
  6. Problem-solving
  7. Ability to work well in a team and independently
  8. Critical Thinking
  9. Effective Communication (written and verbal)
  10. Project Management


There is no top 10 hard skills list as hard skills differ from industry to industry. But, LinkedIn did determine the most in-demand hard skills. Below is a list of those hard skills.

  1. Video Production
  2. Sales
  3. Scientific Computing
  4. Affiliate Marketing
  5. UX Design
  6. Cloud Computing
  7. Blockchain
  8. Analytical Reasoning
  9. Business Analysis
  10. Artificial Intelligence