Essential Skills Employers Desire

There are a number of desirable skills employers look for when hiring. Impressing a future employer is as much about having the right attitude as the right qualifications, technical skills and experience.

Below are a list of the most common skills and qualities that employers look for. If you command these skills, work them into your resume, and show good practice when the time comes.

Communication Skills
The ability to communicate clearly and effectively in many mediums: by email, verbally and with body language. Communication also includes listening skills and the ability to follow directions and provide feedback.

Employers want accurate and timely information regarding their business and their employees. Made a mistake? Don’t cover it up, admit it, and learn from it.

Technical Competency
Most positions require certain skills that are advertised on the job specification. If you are hired to perform certain tasks then you should have the skills. Improving your skills along the way is also expected.

Work Ethic
Be at work on time, do what you were hired to do, meet targets and deadlines and work to the best of your ability. If you exceed your own expectations, you will likely also surpass those of your employer.

Employers and their employees need to react quickly to changing business conditions. Employers need employees who can change gears and adapt as required.

Determination and Persistence
Managers will give employees challenging goals but generally they are achievable. The key is to be able to work hard and keep moving forward when you encounter obstacles.

Ability to Work in Harmony with Co-Workers
Employers and managers like to have people working with them and for them who can get along with their colleagues and who can work with others effectively in different circumstances.

Eager and Willing to Add to Their Knowledge Base and Skills
As businesses change, there is often a need to find out new information, expand knowledge and explore new ways of doing things. People with an interest in learning, and a willingness to pass it on to others, become invaluable.

Problem-Solving Skills
Companies are looking for people who are motivated to take on challenges with minimal direction. Employees should see when something needs to be done and react accordingly.

Employers want and need to be able to trust their employees to work professionally to meet the employer’s best interests.