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What Do Employers Really Want? Top Skills and Values Employers Seek from Job-Seekers
Monday, 15 October 2018 16:18

Most job-seekers wish they could unlock the secret formula to winning the hearts and minds of employers. What, they wonder, is that unique combination of skills and values that make employers salivate with excitement?

Every employer is looking for a specific set of skills from job-seekers that match the skills necessary to perform a particular job. But beyond these job-specific technical skills, certain skills are nearly universally sought by employers. The good news is that most job-seekers possess these skills to some extent. The better news is that job-seekers with weaknesses in these areas can improve their skills through training, professional development, or obtaining coaching/mentoring from someone who understands these skills.

The best news is that once you understand the skills and characteristics that most employer seek, you can tailor your job-search communication -- your resume, cover letter, and interview language -- to showcase how well your background aligns with common employer requirements.
Numerous studies have identified these critical employability skills, sometimes referred to as "soft skills." We've distilled the skills from these many studies into this list of skills most frequently mentioned. We've also included sample verbiage describing each skill; job-seekers can adapt this verbiage to their own resumes, cover letters, and interview talking points.

Skills Most Sought After by Employers :So, what are these critical employability skills that employers demand of job-seekers?

Communications Skills: (listening, verbal, written). By far, the one skill mentioned most often by employers is the ability to listen, write, and speak effectively. Successful communication is critical in business.
Analytical/Research Skills: Deals with your ability to assess a situation, seek multiple perspectives, gather more information if necessary, and identify key issues that need to be addressed.
Computer/Technical Literacy:Almost all jobs now require some basic understanding of computer hardware and software, especially word processing, spreadsheets, and email.
Flexibility/Adaptability/Managing Multiple Priorities: Deals with your ability to manage multiple assignments and tasks, set priorities, and adapt to changing conditions and work assignments.
Interpersonal Abilities: The ability to relate to your co-workers, inspire others to participate, and mitigate conflict with co-workers is essential given the amount of time spent at work each day.
Leadership/Management Skills: While there is some debate about whether leadership is something people are born with, these skills deal with your ability to take charge and manage your co-workers.
Multicultural Sensitivity/Awareness: There is possibly no bigger issue in the workplace than diversity, and job-seekers must demonstrate a sensitivity and awareness to other people and cultures.
Planning/Organizing: Deals with your ability to design, plan, organize, and implement projects and tasks within an allotted timeframe. Also involves goal-setting.
Problem-Solving/Reasoning/Creativity: Involves the ability to find solutions to problems using your creativity, reasoning, and past experiences along with the available information and resources.
Teamwork: Because so many jobs involve working in one or more work-groups, you must have the ability to work with others in a professional manner while attempting to achieve a common goal.

Personal Values Employers Seek in Employees :Of equal importance to skills are the values, personality traits, and personal characteristics that employers seek. Look for ways to weave examples of these characteristics into your resume, cover letters, and answers to interview questions.

Here is our list of some of the most important categories of values.

Honesty/Integrity/Morality: Employers probably respect personal integrity more than any other value, especially in light of the many recent corporate scandals.
Adaptability/Flexibility: Deals with openness to new ideas and concepts, to working independently or as part of a team, and to carrying out multiple tasks or projects.
Dedication/Hard-Working/Work Ethic/Tenacity: Employers seek job-seekers who love what they do and will keep at it until they solve the problem and get the job done.
Dependability/Reliability/Responsibility:There's no question that all employers desire employees who will arrive to work every day -- on time -- and ready to work, and who will take responsibility for their actions.
Loyalty: Employers want employees who will have a strong devotion to the company -- even at times when the company is not necessarily loyal to its employees.
Positive Attitude/Motivation/Energy/Passion: The job-seekers who get hired and the employees who get promoted are the ones with drive and passion -- and who demonstrate this enthusiasm through their words and actions.
Professionalism: Deals with acting in a responsible and fair manner in all your personal and work activities, which is seen as a sign of maturity and self-confidence; avoid being petty.
Self-Motivated/Ability to Work with Little or No Supervision: While teamwork is always mentioned as an important skill, so is the ability to work independently, with minimal supervision.
Willingness to Learn: No matter what your age, no matter how much experience you have, you should always be willing to learn a new skill or technique. Jobs are constantly changing and evolving, and you must show an openness to grow and learn with that change.

Note: These skills are similar to those in the survey conducted by the world bank and these skills are common all over the world.
Reference: http://www.quintcareers.com/job_skills_values.html

By,
Randall S. Hansen, (is the founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, as well CEO of EmpoweringSites.com. He is also founder ofMyCollegeSuccessStory.com and EnhanceMyVocabulary.com)

Katharine Hansen,( creative director and associate publisher of Quintessential Careers, is an educator, author, and blogger who provides content for Quintessential Careers, edits QuintZine, an electronic newsletter for jobseekers, and blogs about storytelling in the job search at A Storied Career.)