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Soft Skills

Soft Skills such as communication, motivation, teamwork, and leadership help you make the most of your hard skills. When surveyed by Hart Research Associates, 94% of employers emphasized the importance of soft skills.      

Many activities emphasized as important in building your career, such as dressing well and being at work on time, are really signs of soft skills (for example, motivation and integrity).       

  • This webpage provides helpful advice and videos on how to improve a variety of soft skills, including work ethic, teamwork, accepting constructive criticism, being flexible, time and stress management.
  • This self-quiz can help you understand your current emotional intelligence.
  • Many careers require patience, strong interpersonal skills, emotional stability, and remaining calm under pressure. This handout​ explains the value of emotional intelligence and provides tips on how to improve it.
  • How you view the past, present, and future also affects how you interact with other people, perform in school and your career. The Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory is a self-assessment that can help you think about whether you are more past, present, or future-focused.

 If you would like more information about improving soft skills, email Claire Boeck at