By Susan Ricker
When employers say they're having trouble filling open positions because of a lack of necessary skills, they aren't always talking about an inadequate number of math, science, technology, engineering or math experts. Soft skills -- a professional attitude, the ability to be punctual, answering the phone politely -- can be equally important in deciding if a job seeker is right for a position.
From the moment you apply for a job, you're being judged on more than just your resume. Imagine you send a cover letter with your resume but accidentally misspell a few words. This may not be a big deal to some employers, but you've already demonstrated that you don't pay attention to details and may lack professionalism.