How to Describe Interpersonal Skills on a Resume

Interpersonal skills such as teamwork, dependability and being personable are also known as soft skills. Employees with strong soft skills are often seen as valuable and are highly sought after by most employers. Since soft skills are so important, it’s essential that they are aptly listed and described on your resume so that you can be presented in the best light possible. When such skills are adequately conveyed, it can result in you getting hired for a job over someone else.


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      Identify the interpersonal skills that you most exhibit. Think about your work performance and feedback that you’ve gotten from supervisors. Such skills may include teamwork, confidence, reliability, problem solving, flexibility, willingness to work under pressure and a personable attitude.

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      Consider the job you are applying for and which interpersonal skills you think will be most necessary for the job and most valued by the employer. List each interpersonal skill in order of importance.

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      Write one sentence for each interpersonal skill that you want to mention. Keep each sentence relatively short, such as “Work well under deadline and in high-pressure situations;” “Consistently take initiative to complete assignments with minimal guidance and supervision” and “Outgoing, inviting personality with 5 years experience interacting with clients and customers.” List each skill underneath the job at which you utilized your skill, such as under “Customer Service Representative, JKY Industries.”

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      Tailor the rest of your resume around your soft skills. Mention important presentations you have made, your membership in public speaking clubs and any rewards and recognitions you have received for outstanding service and performance. If possible, ask your references to talk about and highlight your interpersonal skills if they are contacted by the potential employer.

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