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Vol. 17, Issue 2 - Week of January 8, 2017

How to shine a spotlight on your soft skillsAbridged: USNews

SEATTLE, WA -- Oral and Written Communication Skills: These skills, along with the ability to get along well with others, are often the determining factors of why a candidate is hired over others. It's the secret sauce, the one thing that can put you ahead of other candidates. Be impeccable with your communication during a job search.

Self-starting/Self-motivating: Employers are looking for you to demonstrate a "can do" attitude. Someone who is engaged in their work and possesses the ability to proactively run with something from start to finish. As you prepare to ace your interview, think about an example to share when you were self-motivated. Share your enthusiasm around this both in your tone of voice and body language.

Integrity: It's critical to have a sense of integrity and maintain strong ethics. Interview the company as much as they're interviewing you. Do they seem to possess integrity and ethics? During your interview, allude to a time when perhaps you witnessed something that may have crossed the line of ethics with another colleague and show how you flexed your "integrity muscle" to handle the situation appropriately. Work Independently: Whether you've owned your own business or not, show your entrepreneurial side. This means highlight your ability to stay on task and keep projects moving efficiently regardless of your presence in the office - detail how you're able to stay connected and not miss a beat.

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