Gain Experience: The Skills Employers Want


The Skills Employers Want

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Make Sure You Have What It Takes to Get the Job You Want

Employers value certain skills in addition to academic skills. Your ability to demonstrate these skills across industries is critical for ongoing professional growth and advancement. It's worth the time and effort to learn what employers seek and use these resources to spur improvement in these key areas.


Do you have the skills and competencies employers value most?

Fine-tuning your career readiness puts you in a position of power. It enables you to take what you’ve learned and successfully apply that knowledge to the workplace.


3 Steps That Will Transform Your Professional Life

  1. Educate yourself about the key professional skills.
  2. Assess your level of competency in each area.
  3. Develop and improve where needed.

Master the Skills

  • For a successful transition into the workplace, master these important skills

    1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

    • Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems
    • Ability to obtain and interpret data, using knowledge and facts
    • Extra points for originality and inventiveness!

    2. Professionalism and Work Ethic

    • Personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time/workload management
    • Understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image
    • Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior
    • Act responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind
    • Ability to learn from your mistakes

    3. Teamwork and Collaboration

    • Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints
    • Success working within a team structure, which includes negotiating and managing conflict

    4. Oral and Written Communications

    • Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms and be able to direct them to persons inside and outside of the organization
    • Public speaking skills, with the ability to express ideas to others
    • Write and edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly

    5. Adaptability to New Digital Technology

    • Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals
    • Adaptability to new and emerging technologies

    6. Leadership

    • Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals
    • Use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others
    • Assess and manage your emotions and those of others
    • Use empathetic skills to guide and motivate
    • Organize, prioritize, and delegate work

    7. Career Management

    • Articulate skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals
    • Identify areas necessary for professional growth
    • Navigate and explore job options and be able to take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities
    • Understand how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace

    8. Global and Intercultural Fluency

    • Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions
    • Demonstrate openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences


    Employers' Perspective May Not Be What You Think

    Remember, how you see yourself and how current and potential employers see you may not line up. Employers value specific skills as well as wide range of knowledge. There’s more to career success than completing a degree in a hot career field. Do your best to be well rounded and acquire real-world experience.


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