The Top 8 Skills Employers Are Looking For


If you’re looking to enter the workforce, or you’re wanting to add to your range of skills for a career advancement, there are certain skills that employers are seeking in their new staff. There are some skills that help employers determine whether a potential employee is going to be a good fit for both their workplace – and the business. If you’d like to try and gain some skills to help improve your chances of employment, working on the following attributes will give you a head start on other candidates.

1. Honesty

Honesty is a great trait for both in the workplace – and out. If a person is honest, they will show more integrity in their role and be helpful to the other staff. Although honesty is generally an inherited trait, you can work on being honest around those in your professional and personal life.

2. Initiative

If you’re showing initiative in your work, you will show your employer that you are keen to grow within the company – and this will be a great benefit to the business. A lot of companies like to hire, and promote, from within so showing initiative will illustrate that you’re willing to grow within the company.

3. Organisational skills

Being organised means you can prioritise your tasks in the workplace. You can get tasks completed when you need to, and ensure that the right tasks are completed on time and in order of importance. If you have the skills to stay organised, this will help you in any field you choose to work in.

4. Loyalty

Loyalty is often a personality trait you may be born with, but you can work on your professional loyalty towards a business or company. If your resume shows a long list of jobs and occupations within a short time frame, and you lack sufficient reasons for the changes, a potential employer may see that as a lack of loyalty on your behalf. By staying in the one business for longer, you can show that you can be loyal to your employer, which may help with your opportunities for promotions in the future.

5. Communication skills

It doesn’t matter what career you decide to pursue, good communication skills are imperative to working efficiently. Whether it’s working with clients on what they want from your business, other businesses and what they need from you, or even other staff members that you’re working with, being able to communicate effectively means that you can reduce the amount of issues that may arise from lack of communication (or poor communication). So many workplace issues happen from a call not being made, or an email being written incorrectly. By reducing this risk and working on good communication, you can show your employer that you can be a positive influence in the job.

6. Team work

Almost all employers want people on their team that can work well with others. While it’s true that in life there are personalities that we may not gel with, a big part of good teamwork means getting over that, remaining positive, and getting the job done anyway. Being a good team player means you can work well with your team and your colleagues and get reach your end goal, regardless of any personal issues you may have with certain people.

7. Problem solving

Problems come up all the time in the workplace. People who are good problem solvers get through any issues much quicker. Being able to problem solve means that you can quickly think on your feet and outside of the box to come up with a potential resolution quickly. If you’re a bit of a creative thinker and can think laterally, being a natural problem solver may be a trait you can use to your advantage when looking for a new employment opportunity.

8. Learning skills

With so many changes to technologies and various aspects to the workforce, being open to learning new skills and technologies can be a huge advantage. If you’re always on the lookout for news articles about your job role or even looking into courses to help you learn more about your role or a potential role you might work towards, employers love to see that you’re keen to get ahead in the industry. Having the flexibility to learn and grow is a huge advantage to you in the long run.

Be positive, be confident

If you want to get ahead with your career, keeping your skills in check will be a huge advantage. By working on self-improvement, you can help to increase your potential for being employed or promoted. Employers love to see their workers looking for ways to improve themselves, as this often works to advance the overall achievements in the workforce. By looking at your own skillset, you can show these to your employer, or potential employer, and show them that you’re the best person for the job. Contact the International Career Institute today to see how we can help you get into the workforce, or move ahead within your profession.

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Gladys Mae


Gladys Mae serves as the General Manager and Head of Student Services at the International Career Institute. Gladys holds a degree in Mass Communication - Broadcast Media from the University of San Jose-Recoletos. She joined ICI in 2010 and has over the past 12 years been instrumental in providing leadership and guidance to staff and students alike. Prior to joining ICI Gladys led a multifaceted career with key roles in the banking and business process outsourcing industries.