The Art of Being Awesome

We know you’re great. You know you’re great. But how are you supposed to let others know how great you are? Interpersonal skills—often called “soft skills”—are more important than ever. For real. The key to making a solid impression on an employer or a college recruiter is being able to talk the talk AND walk the walk. As in, think about how you carry yourself. What kind of vibe do you put out there? Employers are looking for people who will make the company culture better. Likewise, schools are looking for new blood to make a positive impact on the student body. So how do you think you stack up?

Check out this list of skills you’ll need to master to put your best foot forward. (Obviously never in a flip-flop.) Some of these may fall under the “no duh” category for you, and that’s okay. If something on the list comes naturally, it doesn’t mean you can’t keep working on it. You also need to be able to convey that you can accept feedback positively, are able to adapt to change, solve problems, and do it all with a smile on your face. It’s easy to stand out on paper, but in person is where the rubber meets the road. So work on all of those little things that make you amazing, and you’ll be nailing interviews in no time.