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Top Skills and Work Values Employers Want

( VEC/LMI 2009)

Top 5 Skills

Communication Skills (Listening, Verbal, Written)
By far, the one skill mentioned most often by employers is the ability to listen, write, and speak effectively. This means the ability to listen, express oneself fluently and intelligently, and to use proper spelling and grammar to express ideas effectively.

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.

Computer/Technical Literacy
Almost all jobs now require some basic understanding of computer hardware and software, especially word processing, spreadsheets, and email.

Leadership and Management Skills
These skills deal with your ability to take charge and manage your co-workers. Employers want goal-driven leaders who will maintain a productive climate and confidently motivate, mobilize, and coach employees to meet high performance standards.

Problem-Solving, Reasoning, and Creativity
Involves the ability to find solutions to problems using your creativity, reasoning, and past experiences along with the available information and resources.

Top 5 Work Values

Strong Work Ethic
Employers value employees who understand and possess a willingness to work hard. In addition to working hard it is also important to work smart. This means learning the most efficient way to complete tasks and finding ways to save time while completing daily assignments.

Dependable and Responsible
Employers value employees who come to work on time, are there when they are suppose to be, and are responsible for their actions and behavior.

Possessing a Positive Attitude
Employers want employees who take the initiative and have the motivation to get the job done in a reasonable period of time. A positive attitude gets the work done and motivates others to do the same without dwelling on the challenges that inevitably come up in any job.

Employers want employees who are adaptable and maintain flexibility in completing tasks in an ever-changing workplace. Being open to change and improvements provides an opportunity to complete work assignments in a more efficient manner while offering additional benefits to the corporation, the customer, and even the employee.

Honesty and Integrity
Employers value employees who maintain a sense of honesty and integrity above all else. Good relationships are built on trust.