Top Soft Skills Employers Value

Top Soft Skills Employers Value

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1. Communication

How well do you communicate? Communication skills are important in almost every job. You will likely need to communicate with people on the job, whether they are clients, customers, colleagues, employers, or vendors.  You will also need to be able to speak clearly and politely with people in person, by 

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phone, and in writing. You will also likely need to be a good listener.  Employers want employees who can not only communicate their own ideas, but who also listen empathetically to others. Listening is a particularly important skill in customer service jobs.

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2. Critical Thinking

No matter what the job, employers want candidates who can analyze situations and make informed decisions.  Whether you are working with data, teaching students, or fixing a home heating system, you need to be able to understand problems, think critically, and devise solutions. Skills related to critical thinking include creativity, flexibility, and curiosity.

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3. Leadership

While not every job opening is a leadership role, most employers will want to know that you have the ability to make decisions when push comes to shove, and can manage situations and people. The ability to step up to the plate in a difficult situation and help resolve it is something employers look for in prospective employees.

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4. Positive Attitude

Employers are always seeking people who will bring a positive attitude to the office. They want employees who will be friendly to others, eager to work, and generally a pleasure to be around.  Being able to keep things positive is especially important if you’re working in a fast-paced, high-stress work environment.

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5. Teamwork

Hiring managers look for job candidates who can work well with others.  Whether you will be doing a lot of team projects or simply attending a few departmental meetings, you need to be able to work effectively with the people around you. You need to be able to work with others even if 

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you do not always see eye to eye. Some skills related to teamwork include the ability to negotiate with others, and to recognize and appreciate diversity in a team. Another related skill is the ability to accept and apply feedback from others.

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6. Work Ethic

Employers look for job candidates with a strong work ethic. Such people come to work on time, complete tasks in a timely manner, and stay both focused and organized. They are able to budget their time and complete their work thoroughly. While they can work independently, people with a strong work ethic can also follow instructions.

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