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Your résumé and experience may get you through the door, but these soft skills could help you clinch the job.

When it comes to experience and skill, you may be exactly what a potential employer is looking for. But, if the interviewer senses you lack the passion and roll-your-sleeves-up mentality their team thrives on, you’ll likely not get the job offer. That’s because soft skills like grit, excitement, and respect are what make a stellar employee. The skills outlined on a résumé only tell a fraction of the story, while understanding an individual’s work ethic, how they overcome adversity, and how they interact with their peers is much more indicative of success.

A LinkedIn Global Talent Trends report shows that 92% of talent professionals reported that soft skills are equally or more important to hire than hard skills. The same study reveals that 89% surveyed said that when a new hire doesn’t work out, it’s because they lack much-needed soft skills.

The hard truth about hard skills is that they can have a short half-life. Constant innovation, technology updates, and new features render many of these skills obsolete. Meanwhile, soft skills never expire—they are relevant, transferable, and keep a person highly employable.

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