10 Abilities Employers Are Looking For: How To Stand Out From The Crowd

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“The average person puts only 25 percent of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50 percent of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100 percent.” – Andrew Carnegie

We all know the unemployment rate is dangerously high

This means competition for jobs is also at an all time high

What’s going to make you stand out from the crowd?

And if you are one of the fortunate ones to have a good job – what’s going to get you promoted?

It may not be what you think.

Or is it?

Take a look at a recent study which highlighted the top 10 abilities on every employers wish list. Some of them may sound like common sense, but just like Andrew Carnegie said – the average person only puts 25 percent of his ability into is his work.

What does this tell you about those who are willing to do the job – and do it right? If you are reading this post something tells me that you already have an advantage over the “average” worker. Just by the fact that you care. Read through the list below to see what abilities employers deem most valuable….(Hint, hint – you also might want to consider tweaking your resume to reflect these in some way ;-))

Top 10 Abilities Employers Are Looking For

1. Establishing a Work Ethic

The ability to:

  • Kick yourself in the butt
  • Be honest
  • Manage you time
  • Manage your money

2. Developing Physical Skills

The ability to:

  • Stay well
  • Look good
  • Type 35 WPM error free
  • Take legible notes

3. Communicating Verbally

The ability to:

  • Converse one-on-one
  • Present to groups
  • Use visual displays

4. Communicating in Writing

The ability to:

  • Write well
  • Edit and proof
  • Use word-processing tools
  • Send information electronically

5. Working Directly with People

The ability to:

  • Build good relationships
  • Work in teams
  • Teach others

6. Influencing People

The ability to:

  • Manage efficiently
  • Sell successfully
  • Politick wisely
  • Lead effectively

7. Gathering Information

The ability to:

  • Use library holdings
  • Use commercial databases
  • Search the web
  • Conduct interviews
  • Use surveys
  • Keep and use records

8. Using Quantitative Tools

The ability to:

  • Use numbers
  • Use graphs and tables
  • Use spreadsheet programs

9. Asking and Answering the Right Questions

The ability to:

  • Detect BS
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Apply knowledge
  • Evaluate actions and policies

10. Solving Problems

The ability to:

  • Identify problems
  • Develop solutions
  • Launch solutions

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