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5 Skills Employers REALLY Look for

November 30, 2015 by Kelly Paul |
Kelly Paul

desktop.jpgDid you know there are skills employers look for in job applicants that aren’t necessarily in the job ads they post? And they’re important no matter what type of job you’re looking for.

  1. Emotional Intelligence

    Successful employees understand emotions, what causes them, and how to manage them to create and foster excellent work environments and to build relationships with others in the workplace.

  2. Problem Solving

    Employers want employees that can identify obstacles, assess them, and find a pathway to overcome them.

  3. Knowledge Seeking

    The best employees continue learning throughout their career. This can be through formal education, MOOCs, service organizations, continuing education programs and professional development opportunities.

  4. T-Shaped

    Today’s in-demand employees have a depth of experience and skills in a single area with broad skills that can translate to other areas.
    Depth of skills is typically in a functional area, discipline or specialty. Broad skills are those that demonstrate your ability to work outside of your core area - and could include an ability to work with a range of people, manage projects and/or understand a general business and its function.

  5. Selflessness

    The best employees help others. This may be through team-based projects on the job or through volunteering your time and expertise within your community. Whichever it is, make certain you connect the skills to your professional needs.

If you’re looking for more information on making a change in careers, check out our blog post 5 Secret Ingredients for a Successful Career Change.


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