Employers want to hire successful, confident employees. Beyond the ability to do the job, employers look for people who fit within the company's culture and get along with the existing staff. While each job normally has specific skill requirements, there are key abilities all employers look for in job candidates. While most job seekers might have some or all of these skills, those who have weaknesses or lack one or more of these skills can improve their chances for success in the workplace by taking personal development courses or working with a mentor or a coach.
Effective verbal and written communication skills are high on the list for most employers. Along with the ability to communicate, an effective communicator also has the ability to listen. Being able to present ideas to people within all levels of the company or to clients is a key component to being successful in the workplace.
Employers prefer to hire people who work well with others. Following on the heels of effective communication skills, the ability to work with others from all cultures and backgrounds is paramount to a successful career in business, government or nonprofit organizations. When you have the ability to relate to and inspire others, you have a greater chance of advancing your career and being considered for that next promotion.
Analysis and Research
Analytical, research and logic skills also top the list of skills employers want in job candidates. These kinds of talents determine your ability to evaluate a situation, investigate the facts, or seek input and information from other sources as well as identify the issues that require attention. Your ability to research and analyze are basic skills needed in the decision-making process.
Computers and technology are everywhere in the workplace. Employers expect their employees to know their way around the technology used in business. This includes not only basic computer skills, but expertise with basic computer operating systems, word processing and spreadsheet programs, printers, copiers, smartphones, faxes and other office equipment.
Your ability to be flexible and adapt to situations that arise during the course of business makes you a valuable employee. The capability to tackle multiple projects and tasks, set priorities and to accept modifications to assigned work leads to a successful career no matter where you work. Employers usually want to hire those who can manage more than just one work project.
As a native Californian, artist, journalist and published author, Laurie Brenner began writing professionally in 1975. She has written for newspapers, magazines, online publications and sites. Brenner graduated from San Diego's Coleman College.