What are hard skills?
All skills that you have acquired from your high school or higher education and are quantifiable count as “hard” skills. The keyword here is a teachable skillset that you got from your education, previous work experience, or training programs.
More illustrative examples include:
- Having a certificate in a foreign language
- Having 2 years of work experience in sales in company X
- Knowing how to use SPSS (statistical package for the social sciences)
How to highlight your skills for recruitment software?
Lastly, you also need to pay attention to the applicant tracking systems (ATS) that more companies are widely using for their recruitment processes. Depending on the type of ATS, some have linguistic metrics that identify both hard and soft skills and rank you based on the combination of those related to the job posting.
This is why it is crucial to highlight your skills on your resume and application letter. If you do not have a section on the CV for skills, make one. Furthermore, carefully read the job requirements and scan your application if you missed including key skills. You can pick up a lot of cues of what an employer wants from a candidate by only looking at the job description. For instance, for a managerial position, it is intuitive that a recruiter seeks leadership and supervision skills as wells as empathy, diplomacy, patience in a candidate. An important intake for you is, however, not to see this application optimization as a backdoor to cheat the recruitment software by putting keywords or even overstaffing it. Linguistic readers are there to relieve the job of recruiters who will still read your resume if it is ranked higher.
When it comes to soft skills, rather than stating that you have them, it is better to demonstrate them. Showcasing creativity could be through the design of your application or the wording you use. Exemplifying that you are a problem-solver could be through giving concrete scenarios where you had to think on your fit and present solutions.
Are you an employer? Does the above sound complex?
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Rather than fearing it, you could instead prepare and see what a linguistic-powered scanning tool can tell about your candidates’ strengths and weaknesses. You could use that knowledge to the advantage of the candidates and ensure they will actually thrive and feel more at home in the job and organization because there is a better alignment with their personality, values, and culture.
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