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5 Skills Employers Want In An Employee

The job hunt. You’ve either been there or you’re preparing for it.

Knowing what an employer is looking for can be daunting, but Virginia Soto, our Director of Career Services, has your back.

Soto shared the top 5 skills employers want to see in a potential employee.

1. Adaptability

Duties as assigned. Employers want to know that you’re able to roll with the punches. Candidates should be prepared to perform their assigned duties but also go above and beyond when necessary. This isn’t to excuse being thrown into duties that are far outside the scope of your role, but more-so a willingness to adjust to abrupt changes and being a good team player.

2. Communication

Can you communicate clearly? Are you an active listener? It’s great to have good ideas, but employers won’t know about your great ideas if you can’t articulate them.

3. Teamwork

Teamwork makes the dream work. You can be the most talented applicant, but if you’re unable to get along with others, that talent may go to waste. If you’re not a team player, spend time developing your ability to work well along-side others. When it comes to the job hunt, employers don’t just want someone who is talented, they want someone who will foster a culture of collaboration.

4. Critical Thinking

It’s likely your supervisor will be busy with their own work and meetings so they want to be able to trust you. Can you think outside the box? Can you make judgement calls that are logical and well-reasoned? Employers want a candidate that can analyze facts and resources and and make decisions that promote success within their organization.

5. Punctuality

Like we mentioned before, your supervisor will most likely be busy with their own work. They need to know they can depend on you. They need to know that you’re able to manage tasks effectively in order to meet deadlines. After all, you’re getting paid to do your job and do it well, and part of doing your job well is delivering your work in a timely manner.

There are plenty of other factors that go in to landing a job, but developing these 5 skills is a great start.

Our Career Services team at St.Thomas University is in the business of helping our students and alumni succeed. Whether you’re looking for a full-time, part-time or internship opportunity, we got your back.

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Michelle Tulande

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