Employers Find ‘Soft Skills’ Like Critical Thinking in Short Supply

Soft Skills – personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.

As a professional, how much value do you place on soft skills?

Harvard research shows 85% of job success comes from having well developed soft skills and people skills.

Transferable skills, soft skills, leadership skills

Proud Parent Moment: This week my 11 year old daughter finished her first year of middle school. She sent me a text message after her last day that said,

“Guess what?”

“I sent all my teachers an email telling them that I learned so much and I was so thankful to be in their class.”

As parents, we invest so much into our children.  As I see my daughter growing, she is adapting many of my styles and habits. I try to instill in her that most people do not ask questions. Most do not follow-up, and do not want to to go the extra mile to be great.

I teach her to listen first, speak her mind, express her emotions, and treat people with respect. In our home we place a lot of value on talking through life experiences. We spend time exploring new activities, building things, and reflecting on teachable moments.

When you invest in people.  When you engage them in the process, they buy in to your mission.  When others buy in, a team forms and a cohesive productive group emerges (a business or a family).

Problem solviung, communication, conflict resolution, productivity, team work

Do you desire to learn and develop soft skills?


The good news is that, like any skill, soft skills can be taught. The better news? Boosting your soft skills gives you a leg up on a new job or a promotion. These have applications in all areas of a person’s life, both professional and personal.

  • Take a Course: CollegeCPR offers workshops, training video’s and web based courses on soft skills, college success strategies, and career mapping activities. Such as effective communication, public speaking, , LinkedIn for Job Seekers, project management, teamwork, and cultural understanding.
  • Volunteer and Service Learning: Nonprofit organizations provide a platform to develop soft skills. List high-profile volunteer work on your resume and talk about what you learned.
  • Seek mentors you want to learn from
  • Seek field experience early and often
  • Leverage campus resources
  • Bring your child to work and help them explore career options

Whether you are a student, parent, employee, boss or leader, CollegeCPR provides soft skill training that is transferable, practical, and applicable in everyday life.  These skills are common among the healthier, happier, and more successful members of our communities.

Visit CollegeCPR and learn how to sharpen your skills and increase your career trajectory!


CollegeCPR offers workshops, training video’s, web based courses, and coaching on soft skills, college success strategies, career mapping activities, and leadership.

We partner with parents, schools, and colleges to deliver student bridge programming between high school and college, and college and career transitions.

We’ll help you transform your life to achieve personal and professional success.


Don’t take it from me, see some of the supporting documents:

The Growing Importance of Social Skills in the … – Harvard University

Research & Publications – National Soft Skills Association

Harvard Leadership Professor Says Soft Skills are Essential for


CollegeCPR Tip: Volunteer (No really, do it)

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Do you want to stand out in the job search?

Are you looking for ways to differentiate yourself from the competition?

Consider this statistic from a recent survey.

“Deloitte : Survey Finds That a Mere 30 Percent of Resumes Include Volunteering, Despite the Known Benefits to Career Advancement”

When applying to college or a job, applicants with volunteer experience are 27% more likely to get in.

Is that a percentage you would like to swing in your favor?

Action Steps To Get Started Volunteering:

  1. Find a cause related to your career choice
  2. Find a cause related to your career of choice AND a cause you care about
  3. Find a local event and volunteer your time
  4. Start with an end goal in mind (Ask yourself: How can I get the most of this volunteering opportunity?)
  5. Take pictures, tag people, and share the event highlights with group organizers and people in your circle
  6. Make a personal follow-up to the top 1+ person you met
  7. Don’t forget to add it to your resume

Take the next step:

Visit www.CollegeCPR.com and join our mailing list for more tips and tricks to help you gain the experience and skills you need to get hired!

CollegeCPR helps students with career mapping, and planning extracurricular activities that facilitate skill development, professional growth and your likelihood for career success post graduation.

The experience and relationships you gain through volunteer work and field experience boosts your professional marketability and gives you a story to tell.