A SoftLink is is a special type of directory entry that allows almost transparent references to another directory entry, typically a file or a directory.

 Feature   SoftLink  HardLink
 Can cross filesystems?   Yes   No 
 Can refer to directories?   Yes   No 
 Breaks when the file is moved?   No   Yes 

On Linux, soft links are called symbolic links.

Softlinks are created with the following command line pattern.

ln -s /path/from/origfile /path/to/newlink

You must have appropriate permissions in the directory where you're creating the link for this to work.