While hard skills, or job-specific knowledge, are an essential part of any individual’s career path, soft skills prevail as a valuable asset to employers. Soft skills are the personal characteristics that enable someone to work well with others. Human connection is at the center of the healthcare field. It is an industry that focuses on making others feel better and that begins with the very people that interact with patients every day. Therefore, soft skills are important in order to thrive in the workplace. Below you will find how you can start putting soft skills into practice. A good resume should list the following soft skills:

10 soft skills you should include in your resume:

  • Communication
  • Patience
  • Empathy
  • Adaptability
  • Organization
  • Time Management
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Detail Orientation
  • Problem Solving

How can I practice soft skills?

  • Forming a study group with classmates.

Working in a group has several purposes. It allows students to interact and learn from one another. In addition to building relationships, it builds upon communication, teamwork, and patience. Perhaps there is a classmate that doesn’t quite understand the study material and asks for help. Explaining concepts in a way in which they can easily understand and digest will not only help as a study opportunity, but it will help prepare you for the field. Communication is a fundamental element in healthcare. Patients don’t know the technical terms that define their symptoms or procedure, they just want to feel better. Practicing an open, thorough dialogue will make a patient feel comfortable in your presence while helping relay information to your team easier when switching shifts.

  • Create a schedule for yourself—and stick to it!

Creating a schedule makes for excellent time management and organization. List weekly goals and top priorities for the week. If there is a test coming up, make an effort to block out at least 30 minutes each day to study. Avoid feeling overwhelmed by organizing study materials by section. Spend more time on complex topics to not forget any details. This directly translates to being in the field.  For employers this means that you are an efficient worker that will be able to complete assignments within a timely manner with an eye for detail.

  • Step outside of your comfort zone.

The healthcare field is a fast-paced environment. Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone. Embracing challenges by observing and asking questions exercises adaptability and problem solving skills. Employers are looking for individuals that will be able to take on daily challenges and find solutions to problems that may arise.

In order to become a well-rounded healthcare professional, our programs offer a hands-on training component to prepare students for the field. Career Services focuses on resume writing assistance, interview preparation, and help with job placement. Our goal is to close the gap between academics and essential soft skills to fully prepare students for the career of their life!