"The new economy favors people with qualities like self-motivation, initiative, flexibility, ability to work with a team, and the capacity to learn and adapt to change."



What skills do employers value? What attitudes, traits and characteristics would most employers like their employees to have?


Transferrable Skills

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Tactics for Getting Ahead at Work

Guide to Getting a Promotion

What Do Employers Really Want?

Competence - Ability to do the job well
Initiative - Working without constant direction or supervision
Dependability - Being there when needed
Reliability - Getting the job done
Efficiency - Being accurate and capable
Loyalty - Being trustworthy and honest
Maturity - Behaving as an adult, being stable and even-tempered, and maintaining composure
Communication - Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely through speaking and writing
Problem-Solving - Ability to address issues, generate options, settle uncertainties, make decisions
Cheerfulness - Being pleasant, optimistic and agreeable
Helpfulness - Willing to pitch in, serve or assist with a sense of urgency
Teamwork - Working together with others, being cooperative and unselfish
Perseverance - Determination and patience in carrying on with a tedious project
Responsibility - Taking care of duties, being accountable
Creativity - Being original, resourceful, imaginative, innovative
Enthusiasm - Being energetic, positive, self-motivated about work
Adaptability - Ability to adjust to new situations, being flexible



Skills Today's Employers Value Most

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What Skills Lead to Success

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How Prepared are Today's College Graduates?

Millennials in the Workplace


Professional development... getting ahead in your job... improving your skills... enhancing your job performance... making yourself more valuable to your organization... expanding your opportunities...

What are some ways you can contribute to your job growth? Here are some suggestions...

Be aware of changes and new developments in the organization. Document your accomplishments. Take some risks. Take on additional responsibilities and assignments. Think like a manager. Adopt a business perspective. Continue your learning, training and education. Cross train. Find a mentor. Continue to build a network of professional contacts. Be open to criticism and suggestions. Be positive, cooperative and supportive in your interactions with co-workers, colleagues and clients. Stay updated by reading professional literature and attending conferences. Stay active in your professional and community associations.

Also, ask yourself... Am I punctual? productive? focused? cost-conscious? cooperative? results-oriented? Do I save the company money? offer solutions to problems? take pride in my work? set goals? see value in what I'm doing? manage conflict in a mature and timely manner? refuse to be involved in office politics and company gossip?


Top Skills Employers Want in Today's Graduates

Skills for the Future Workforce
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What intellectual and practical abilities are desired by employers? According to Hart Research Associates, employers identified the following traits:

Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing (89%)
Critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills (81%)
Ability to analyze and solve complex problems (75%)
Teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate with others in diverse group settings (71%)
Ability to innovate and be creative (70%)
Ability to locate, organize, and evaluate information from multiple sources (68%)
Ability to work with numbers and understand statistics (63%)

(Source: Raising the Bar: Employers’ Views on College Learning in the Wake of the Economic Turndown)






Career Planning

Career Exploration

Job Market Strategies



The changing workplace demands a change in the skills workers will now need to develop. A new set of expectations are now associated with the new world of work... Learning skills... Writing and speaking skills… Computation skills, Cognitive reasoning skills... Interpersonal skills... Critical thinking and problem solving skills... Leadership skills… Computer and technical skills. Also, the demands of the new workplace will require a greater multicultural understanding and competency in working with diverse populations.


Transferrable Skills

Mistakes I Made at My First Job
College Habits That Don't Fly in the Workplace

Career Success: Tips to Excel in Your Career
Tactics for Getting Ahead at Work

Guide to Getting a Promotion

What Do Employers Really Want?




When asked to rate what is most important in the traits possessed by candidates applying for professional positions, one typical employer provided this feedback. On a scale of 1 to 10, the following items were evaluated:

10   Work Ethic
8     Ability to Learn
8     Maturity
7     Communication Skills
6     Skills and Knowledge
5     Grades


Sometimes your progress and satisfaction are impeded by factors that are not within your control. These external blocks result from office politics, organizational inconsistencies, the firm’s financial constraints, layoffs, mergers, and other corporate activity outside of your control.

Otherwise, your progress and satisfaction are oftentimes impeded by factors that are completely within your control. These internal blocks originate from your own attitudes and actions. These examples of poor performance might lead to job stagnation, limited opportunities or termination.

Examples include excessive absences, frequently coming to work late. too much attention to outside interests and concerns, lack of initiative, disloyalty and dishonesty, irresponsibility, being negative and causing trouble, not being adaptable, carelessness, unwillingness to follow rules and laziness.



Top Ten Employability Skills

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New Grad to New Job



New labor market research has analyzed over 700 keywords from the job specifications of 30 common workplace roles (across three popular job sites), to reveal exactly what employers are looking for from candidates. The research highlights the crossover in skills and requirements across roles and industries, helping encourage those considering a career move, or just starting out in the job market by showing how qualified they may already be for a new aspirational career.

The top skills sought by employers are:

Communication skills (90 percent)
Relationship building (83 percent)
Organizational skills (63 percent)

Work well under pressure (63 percent)
Results driven (60 percent)
Time management (57 percent)
Team player (50 percent)
Analytical skills (47 percent)

Attention to detail (47 percent)

People skills (47 percent)

Self-motivated (47 percent)
Management skills (43 percent)

Leadership skills (43 percent)
Computer skills (40 percent)

Negotiating skills (40 percent)
Problem solving (37 percent)


Which Skills Do Employers Value Most

Reality of the Real World

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