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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds When we talk about skills it’s easy to kind of break them down into two sets, soft skills and hard skills. Hard skills are skills that are quite technical and they are easy to measure and they are easy to evidence. So, for example, a technical skill might be either a qualification or it might be a driving licence, it might be a computer software package and we could easily measure that by having a certificate or a level of competency in that hard skill. A softer skill is much harder to assess.

Skip to 0 minutes and 36 seconds These are much more based around personal behaviours or developed skills and these skills will be such as communication, team working skills, much more harder to assess and so employers tend to look through applications and interviews as ways of how to measure those softer skills.

Hard and soft skills

In the previous step, you considered a range of skills that employers are looking for, which may be classed as ‘hard’ or ‘soft’.

In this video, Sarah defines what is meant by hard and soft skills, providing some examples for each category.

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Can you think of any other examples of hard and soft skills? Share them in the comments.

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