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Hard skills are specific, teachable abilities gained through experience and education that can be defined, quantified and measured. Examples include speaking a foreign language, typing speed, a degree, and proficiency in computer programming.


Boyd, Sandra and Kim Spurgeon, “Lifelong Career Management.” In Blythe C. Shepard and Priya S. Mani (editors). Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles and Professionalism. Toronto: Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), 2014, p.406.

Investopedia, “Hard Skills.” Online: (Retrieved on August 7, 2014)

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