Top 10 Skills That Employers Like
By Aimee Hosler Dec 26, 2011
Think a snazzy degree or resume can win you a great job? While training and experience are important, there are a number of additional qualities that employers look for in a candidate. Some of these skills are learned, some are innate, but all can impact your potential for success. Here are 10 important skills employers need.
10 traits bosses love
1. Be a team player
Unless you find a way to turn a decent living as a hermit, you will have to work with a variety of people throughout the course of your career. Great employees work well in a team, accepting and learning from different viewpoints.
2. Communicate like a champ.
Effective communication boosts your professional reputation as much as your efficiency. Communications courses emphasizing writing and public speaking can help you polish these in-demand skills.
3. Be a people person.
Have you ever worked with someone unbelievably skilled, but impossible to relate to? Work is not a popularity contest, but employers (and colleagues) appreciate a sense of respect, tact and a positive attitude.
4. Become a computer guru.
Employers recognize that computers can boost productivity, research capacity and organizational skills. You don't have to be a computer science major to get a great job, but the more comfortable you are with technology, the better. Online colleges are a great way to nurture these skills while pursuing other coursework.
5. Put the I in integrity.
In his e-book entitled "10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College," Bill Coplin notes that honesty and integrity rank among employers' top three most important employee traits.
6. Don your thinking cap.
According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, employers appreciate those who can analyze problems and find workable solutions. English or philosophy courses that emphasize reasoning can help.
7. Roll with the punches.
Sometimes things don't work out as expected, even in the workplace. This is why employers value workers who are flexible and able to adapt with the circumstances, no matter how difficult.
8. Think outside the box.
Successful companies progress with their market or customer base, continually developing better products and services than the competition. This is precisely why they appreciate workers who can bring new and creative ideas to the table.
9. Maintain a strong work ethic.
Employers expect you show up on time, are presentable and do what is asked of you, so save your fantasy football league and Facebooking for home.
10. Nurture your leadership skills.
Someone has likely already told you that you should dress for the job you want, not the one you have. The same holds true for leadership potential: those who lead like a boss tend to advance more quickly than wallflowers.
How to develop your career skills
Need a little help getting your professional act together? Most schools staff career advisers who can help identify and address your potential shortfalls. You could also consult with a private career coach. However you go about it, know that brushing up on your workplace skills is worth the effort. Your future boss will thank you.