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Job Seeking and Job Maintenance

Qualities Needed for Securing and Maintaining Work


Skills Most Sought After by Employers

Write a sentence for that describe these critical employability skills that employers
demand of job-seekers?

Communications Skills (listening, verbal, written). By far, the one skill mentioned most often by
employers is the ability to listen, write, and speak effectively. Successful communication is
critical in business.
Example:
I am an exceptional listener and I have the ability to effectively communicate any
necessary information verbally and in writing.


Analytical/Research Skills. Deals with your ability to assess a situation, seek multiple
perspectives, gather more information if necessary, and identify key issues that need to be
addressed.
Example:
I am capable of thinking analytically and can demonstrate talents for identifying,
scrutinizing, improving, and streamlining complex word processes.
I am capable of assessing situations and making the appropriate decision. I enjoy
problem solving and identifying things that need to be improved.


Computer/Technical Literacy. Almost all jobs now require some basic understanding of
computer hardware and software, especially word processing, spreadsheets, and email.
Example:
I have excellent computer skills and have a good knowledge of word, excel and internet
and currently type at a speed of 45 words per minute.



Flexibility/Adaptability/Managing Multiple Priorities. Deals with your ability to manage
multiple assignments and tasks, set priorities, and adapt to changing conditions and work
assignments.
Example:
I am a flexible team player who thrives on effectively prioritizing tasks and completing
multiple jobs or projects.
I have the capability of multitasking and completing tasks that take priority first.


Interpersonal Abilities. The ability to relate to your co-workers, inspire others to participate,
and mitigate conflict with co-workers is essential given the amount of time spent at work each
day.
Example:
I have proven interpersonal relationship skills and have the ability to get along with
everyone.


Leadership/Management Skills. While there is some debate about whether leadership is
something people are born with, these skills deal with your ability to take charge and manage
your co-workers.
Example:
I am a goal driven leader who will stay on task and has confidence in motivating and
coaching others to meet goals and deadlines
I like to be in charge and help others complete tasks. I have studies motivational and
leadership techniques in the many business courses I have taken in school


Multicultural Sensitivity/Awareness. There is possibly no bigger issue in the workplace than
diversity, and jobseekers must demonstrate a sensitivity and awareness to other people and
cultures.
Example:
One of my interpersonal strengths is that I accept cultural difference and I have an
ability to build rapport with everyone.
I have no problems getting along with any one from a different gender, nationality or
age group.



Planning/Organizing. Deals with your ability to design, plan, organize, and implement projects
and tasks within an allotted timeframe. Also involves goal-setting.
Example:
I pride myself on paying attention to detail and have exceptional organizational and
time management skills.









Problem-Solving/Reasoning/Creativity. Involves the ability to find solutions to problems using
your creativity, reasoning, and past experiences along with the available information and
resources.
Example:
I am very innovative person with the ability to solve problems and generate workable
solutions and help resolve complaints
I enjoy challenging myself and trying to solve problems independently without relying
on others.



Teamwork. Because so many jobs involve working in one or more work-groups, you must have
the ability to work with others in a professional manner while attempting to achieve a common
goal.
Example:
I am a team player that excels at building trusting relationship with customers and
colleagues.
Being involved in extracurricular activities such as volleyball , basketball, band, choir,
student leadership, and student council has allowed me to develop positive teamwork
strategies, and learn to work towards a common goal