One important aspect of the job hunt is being able to showcase your soft skills. You can stand out from the crowd in this recession by highlighting your ability to interact well with others. However, one reader asks this very relevant question:
Short of being granted an interview, how might a job seeker creatively convey said soft skills?
I don’t know how “creative” it is, but the best way to highlight your soft skills is through your resume. You ability to write and succinctly and accurately convey your thoughts is present in your resume. You can also write a cover letter that highlights some of your soft skills, such as problem solving and team leadership. It is important to reference specific examples in this case, however.
Another option is to post a video resume. This gives you a chance to highlight your speaking ability, and show how you can interact — on a somewhat limited basis — with others. Your online networking ability can also help you showcase your professionalism and ability to express yourself. A career consultant or resume coach can provide you with pointers.
When you are searching for a job, there is no reason to make a dry resume and hope that an interview will help you sell your soft skills. Instead, see what you can do with your resume to highlight your abilities. But, as always, make sure you are honest. Once you get that interview, it will be apparent if you have been less than accurate in your self-portrayal.