Qualities and skills employers are looking for

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Let us always remember that finding a job is also a competition. Employers want to hire applicants that are suited in their own qualifications. Applicants that has a special skill, knowledge, or ability for a particular job or activity. Listed below are the top skills and values employers seek from job-seekers:

1. Communications Skills (listening, verbal, written) 
Employers want an exceptional listener and communicator. 

2. Analytical / Research Skills
Employers want their workers to have highly analytical thinking and the ability to assess a situation and identify key issues that need to be addressed.
3. Computer / Technical Literacy
Almost all jobs now require some basic understanding of computer hardware and software, especially word processing, spreadsheets, and email.
4. Flexibility / Adaptability / Managing Priorities
Employers are looking for a flexible worker that can manage multiple assignments and tasks.
5. Interpersonal Abilities
Workers should be a relationship-builder and have the ability to relate to his/her co-workers.

6. Leadership / Management Skills
Employers want a goal-driven leader that could effectively motivates other employees to have high performance standards.

7. Planning / Organizing
Employers want a result-driven achiever and a goal-setting worker.

8. Problem-Solving / Reasoning / Creativity
Employers want an innovative problem-solver who can generate solutions and resolve complaints.

9. Teamwork
Employers want to have a resourceful team player who excels at building trusting relationships with customers and colleagues.

10. Personal Values: 
Honesty / Integrity / Morality 
Adaptability / Flexibility
Dedication / Hard-Working
Reliability / Responsibility
Positive Attitude 
Self-Motivated / Ability to Work With Little or No Supervision
Willingness to Learn. 

They are all elements that you can learn, cultivate, develop, and maintain over your lifetime. Once you have identified your skills and values and assessed the degree to which you possess, then remember to document them and market them (in your resume, cover letter, and interview answers) for job-search success.

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