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What Is the Difference Between Hard and Soft Skills?

​The skills you include on your CV can be broken down into two categories - hard and soft skills.

Hard skills are technical abilities that are needed in order to successfully perform a particular task. These can vary depending on the exact industry and role but they are generally developed through studying or training and can often be measured.

Soft skills, however, are usually natural abilities that can be strengthened over time. They can be transferred from job to job and are considered extremely valuable to employers.

Examples of hard skills

  • Bilingual

  • A degree or diploma

  • Analytical skills

  • First Aid qualification

  • Project management skills

  • Technical skills

Examples of soft skills

  • Organisational skills

  • Team leadership

  • Good communication

  • Strong time management

  • Problem solving skills

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Working well as part of a team

Why does it matter?

Hard skills are important to employers as they need to know that you can carry out the job in hand.

However, soft skills are equally as important as they need to know that you can fit well into their existing team, be efficient and bring something exciting to the table!

You could be great at your job but if you were consistently late or couldn't communicate well with your colleagues, this would be a big problem for your employer.

Why should I elaborate on my skills and experience?

It is all very well simply listing your skills and experience on your CV, but to increase your chances of securing an interview, you will need to elaborate on how these will benefit the specific employer that you are applying to.

If an employer receives multiple applications for one role and the candidates all have similar levels of experience, those who have spelt out exactly why they are perfect for the role will stand out from the pool of other candidates.

Some of the best ways to elaborate on your skills and experience are:

  • Mention the skills and experience you have and then tell the employer why you think they will benefit their organisation.

  • Give examples of how your skills and experience were put into action in the past.

  • Comment on how you would like to use your skills and experience in the role you are applying for.

Who is Spencer Clarke Group?

Formed in 2017, we're a multi-sector recruitment agency, specialising in a range of key disciplines within both the public and private sectors, offering permanent, temporary, contract and fixed term opportunities.

We currently specialise in 8 sectors:

  • Accountancy & Finance

  • Construction, Trades & Labour

  • Corporate Functions

  • Education & SEND

  • Health & Social Care

  • Housing

  • Interim & Executive

  • Surveying, Technical & Engineering


If you’re searching for a new role, why not check out all our latest vacancies at spencerclarkegroup.co.uk/jobs now or upload your CV by visiting here


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One of our Recruitment Consultants will be happy to listen to the challenges which you are facing and advise on the best possible solution for you.

Alternatively, you can discover more here or submit your vacancy by visiting here.