5 Job Skills that Employers Want to See

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Getting ready for a job search? When you are a job seeker, you know that it’s important to have the technical job skills that are required in your specific career field. But did you know there are also “soft skills” that apply to almost every job? These skills are important to hiring managers, and they will be looking for potential employees who have these skills. Here are five of them:

1. Good communication skills

The ability to communicate clearly with others is important in nearly every job. This includes speaking, writing, and listening skills. Employers want to know that you can communicate clearly when it comes to working with co-workers, team members, and customers. In order for a department or team to function well, it’s essential that the employees communicate well.

2. Comfortable with technology

Employers want employees who are savvy with technology. Having expertise with the technology that is used in your desired job will give you the edge over other applicants. Technology allows us to do our jobs more efficiently, and employers are looking for employees who use time and resources wisely.

3. Adaptability and willingness to learn

As the phrase goes, “the only thing constant is change.” In this ever faster-paced world, there is always a new change just around the corner. Employers want to know that as an employee, you will be able to adapt to change, grow with the company, and be willing to try out new and better ways of doing things.

4. Problem-solving, proactive mindset

All jobs come with their share of problems. Employers want to see that you can think critically through a problem and come up with potential solutions to make things better. Employers especially appreciate employees who see problems as opportunities for improvement.

5. Positive Outlook

What is your outlook on life? Are you a glass half-full or glass half-empty person? Hiring managers like to see people who have a “can-do” rather than a “can’t do” attitude. Taking a positive approach toward your life and believing in what is possible are great ways to show employers that you are ready to make the most of the position.

We hope these 5 tips will help you evaluate your “soft skills” and how you can present yourself in a positive light the next time you have a job interview.

For more job interview tips and job seeking resources try: Job Interview Tips for Today’s Job Seekers.


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