Whether you’re fresh out of college, re-entering the work force, or just looking for a change, understanding what employers want will help you develop the right skills, and attitudes. It will also guide you in how you present yourself.
Research and analytical skills: The ability to use logic and reasoning to assess a situation, examine it from more than one perspective, identify the strengths and weaknesses, pinpoint what additional information is needed and then collect it, consider relative costs and benefits, and ultimately streamline the process.
Technological skills: Have a basic understanding of circuit boards, processors, electronic equipment, and computer hardware including applications and programs. Have an understanding of simple computer programming. Be fluent in social media skills, including video.
Communication skills: Regardless of occupation, employers place high value on employees who, in addition to the job fundamentals, are good communicators. They want employees who are first of all good listeners, and then able to speak and write effectively.
Leadership/Management Skills: The ability to plan and organize, and then motivate and engage others in their jobs, teaching and mentoring as needed. Able to manage multiple tasks and assignments not by multi-tasking, but rather by prioritizing, delegating, and then focusing on the project at hand.
Flexibility and adaptability: There is nothing more constant than change. Employers know that finding an employee who is able to respond to changing conditions and adjust quickly is a crucial component of a great hire.
Team player: The ability to relate to your co-workers, inspire others to participate, and mitigate conflict with co-workers
Service oriented: The ability to see situations from the customer/client’s point of view and keep them satisfied.
Understanding of cultural diversity: In our global economy, workplace diversity is a big issue. Employers re seeing hires who not only demonstrate sensitivity and awareness to other cultures, but also are willing to learn, adapt and accommodate, accordingly
Work Ethic: Employers hire people who love what they do and know how to work smart, achieving their objectives, bringing value to the company, and impacting the bottom-line because they kept working until the job was finished. They want confident employees who take initiative; are self-directed, and have the ability, once trained, to work with little or no supervision.
Trustworthy: Employers seek people they can trust – new hires who exhibit core values that align with their company’s mission – like honesty, integrity, and loyalty.
Responsibility: Employers are seeking reliable new hires they can depend on to complete their tasks with excellence and on time.
Passion: Energetic, motivated individuals who love what they do, believe they can make a difference, and possess a positive mental attitude score high on the list of desirable candidates.
Contact The Lee Group. We will help you develop and market the key skills employers are seeking in new hires, matching you with the right company.