SKILLS EVERY EMPLOYER IS SEEKING

With so many people vying for the same jobs, you have to make yourself stand out. Of course, a prospective employer will want to know where you have previously worked and the tasks and projects for which you were responsible, but you need to provide more depth information than that. Just listing the facts and figures is not enough. How can you stand out? Use the job interview to show how your particular skill set will add real value to the organization.

  1. The top five skills every employer is seeking:
  2. Work well in teams, especially with people different from yourself
  3. Understand the global context in which work is done
  4. Solve problems in creative and innovative ways
  5. Be flexible and comfortable with ambiguity
  6. Write, speak and present well

Here's the gotcha: You must do more than simply say you can solve problems in creative and innovative ways. You need to show how you did just that in a previous job or college setting. "Employers are looking for people who can learn and contribute quickly in a rapidly changing workplace," advises Mercy Eyadiel, executive director of employer relations at Wake Forest University.

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