Whether you’re looking to get your foot in the door in an entry-level position or seeking a career change up the corporate ladder there are a few skills that every employer looks for and all job seekers need.
It’s time to revisit the resume and ensure you have these skills listed crystal clear and are capable enough to pull it off.
Problem Solving: Hiring managers add people to lessen the work load on themselves and the department. They want people who can think on their own and come up with solutions as problems arise. There is nothing worse than an employee dropping a problem in your lap without a suggestion or solution to solve the problem. Additionally, if I have to spend an inordinate amount of time walking someone through the day-to-day it won’t be a good match in the long run.
Communication: Employers look for candidates who know how to express themselves in a professional manor and will communicate in a positive manner with those around them. They prefer those prospects that are comfortable in conversation and will feel comfortable coming to them when problems arise. Having to guess what someone is thinking is frustrating for the manager and communication skills take time to train; bring those to the table and you’re ahead of the game.
Time Management: Time is money and they are paying you for that time. Most employers have expectations for productivity and want to make sure that as an employee you can meet that standard and want to trust that you’re going to work efficiently even if they aren’t around. Many jobs require a certain level of multi-tasking and good time management skills shows you know how to make the best use of your time and will get the job done in the most efficient and cost-effective way.
Adaptability: Having an employee that is open to change and flexible is a huge bonus for employers. Changes often come down from the corporate ladder or process improvements need to be made and knowing you’re on board to help achieve goals makes you a valuable employee. If you’re willing to do whatever is necessary to get the job done and have a good attitude even in the midst of change you’ll rank high on any manager’s list.
Teamwork: Most positions require some interaction or work in a group or as a team. Disputes between employees and workplace drama are a huge no-no and a sure-fire way to find yourself jobless. It’s a proven fact that people who can get along well with others and operate well as team are more productive and the most successful. Employers prefer working with people who are positive, driven and committed and will hire people with similar traits.
It’s important to not only list these skills on your resume but make sure you have the abilities even if it requires some extra training, education or studying. Invest in yourself, you’re worth it.