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Eight Keys to Employability

( VEC/LMI 2009)


Personal Values

Valued Workers:

  • Are honest and motivated
  • Exhibit a good attitude
  • Have personal and career goals
  • Have a positive self-image

Task-Related Attributes

Valued Workers:

  • Care for tools and materials
  • Complete work on time
  • Follow directions
  • Stick with a task
  • Work neatly and accurately
  • Work to improve their performance

Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

Valued Workers:

  • Adapt to change
  • Are flexible
  • Are creative and innovative
  • Can reason and make objective judgements
  • Plan and organize work


Valued Workers:

  • Are assertive when necessary
  • Are reliable and dependable
  • Accept responsibility
  • Are willing to perform extra work and work overtime
  • Have confidence in themselves
  • Show initiative
  • Show pride in their work
  • Work well without supervision

Relations With Others

Valued Workers:

  • Accept authority and supervision
  • Are team players
  • Are friendly, cooperative, and tactful
  • Have leadership qualities
  • Respect the rights and property of others
  • Respect constructive criticism
  • Respect diversity

Health and Safety Habits

Valued Workers:

  • Dress appropriately for job/task
  • Practice good personal hygiene
  • Observe safety rules
  • Take an interest in good health habits


Valued Workers:

  • Ask questions and listen well
  • Express themselves clearly
  • Notify supervisor of absences
  • Seek help when needed

Commitment to a Job

Valued Workers:

  • Are enthusiastic
  • Are punctual and have good attendance
  • Exhibit loyalty to the company
  • Give their best efforts
  • Show concern for their future
  • Want to learn more