by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
For more information on how you can demonstrate these in-demand skills to prospective employers, see our main article, Use Stories to Prove Your Skills.
Following is a compilation of skills and characteristics that experts say are most in employers most seek out in prospective employees:
- Adaptability and transferability of skills (important for career-changers)
- Administrative support
- Analytical thinking
- Areas of expertise
- Certification and/or degree(s)
- Computer, technological proficiency
- Cost savings
- Customer/client service
- Entrepreneurial/startup skills
- Indicators of success/good performance/quality
- Problem-solving and troubleshooting
- Process improvement
- Quantitative skills
- Research, strategy, and planning
- Team player who can also work independently
- Team player/team-builder
- Time management/ability to perform under deadline pressure
- Willingness to learn/ability to learn quickly
- Willingness to travel, relocate
- Work ethic/professionalism
See also our article, What Do Employers Really Want? Top Skills and Values Employers Seek from Job-Seekers.
Questions about some of the terminology used in this article? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker’s Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.
Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., creative director and associate publisher of Quintessential Careers, is an educator, author, and blogger who provides content for Quintessential Careers, edits QuintZine, an electronic newsletter for jobseekers, and blogs about storytelling in the job search at A Storied Career. Katharine, who earned her PhD in organizational behavior from Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH, is author of Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates and A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market (both published by Ten Speed Press), as well as Top Notch Executive Resumes (Career Press); and with Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., Dynamic Cover Letters, Write Your Way to a Higher GPA (Ten Speed), and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Study Skills (Alpha). Visit her personal Website or reach her by e-mail at kathy(at)quintcareers.com. Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.