What skills are most important for companies that are hiring? There are some skills and qualities that employers require of all applicants for employment, regardless of the position they are hiring for.
The technical skills you need will vary, of course, depending on the job. However, most positions require at least some technical skills.
Regardless of the job, employers want to hire people who are team players who are cooperative and work well with others. They don’t want employees who are difficult to work with. When you are interviewing be sure to share examples of how you worked well on a team.
5. Positive Attitude
Attitude might not be everything, but it’s extremely valuable.
Employers want employees who are positive, even in stressful and challenging circumstances. They want to hire applicants with a “can do” attitude, who are flexible, dedicated and who are willing to contribute extra, if necessary, to get the job done.
When companies hire for leadership roles they seek employees who can successfully interact with employees, colleagues, clients and others. Even if you’re not applying for management jobs, leadership is a valuable skill to bring to the employer.
Interpersonal skills, also known as people skills, are the skills you use to interact and engage with people. I just heard about someone who was hired because of his ability to connect with people. That trumped the other skills the employer was seeking, so be sure yours are up to par. Your interpersonal skills will be evaluated during your job interviews, so it’s important to prepare for the interview so you are as comfortable and confident as possible when interviewing.
The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, is essential, no matter what job you have or industry you work in.
You will need to be able to communicate effectively with employees, managers, and customers in-person, online, in writing and/or on the phone.
Employees need to be able to figure things out, so you will need to have some analytic skills to succeed in the workplace.
The skills you need and the level of skills required will vary depending on the job and the industry. In conjunction with being able to analyze, employees are expected to be able to organize, plan and prioritize effectively.
Showcase Your Skills
To be sure you are showing your top skills when you’re job searching, make a list of the skills and qualities that best are best reflected in your background.
Incorporate them into your resume and cover letters.
Also think of examples of how you have applied these skills to achieve success on the job, in the classroom or in volunteer work. Share the examples with your interviewers so they know exactly how much of asset you will be if you’re hired.