8 Skills That Employers Look for in Employees | Career Guide

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In recent times it has been suggested by many employers that STEM skills are gradually becoming less important in the workplace due to a rise in the need for soft skills. As technology advances, many tasks are becoming automated while some are eliminated altogether therefore leaving a large portion of jobs relying on soft skills. In addition, soft skills are more difficult to learn especially for certain personality types or people who have not had much experience working with other people. Finally soft skills are an important factor in keeping customers and clients happy; you could be an incredibly talented website designer for example, but if no customers want to work with you because of your lack of soft skills, it is unlikely your management will progress you. Here are eight soft skills that employers are looking for in potential employees.


Problem Solving

It is agreed by many top employers that problem solving is the most important soft skill for employees to have. Naturally, ever job will have problems that need to be resolved and an employee who is able to identify the problem and address it themselves is a highly desirable addition to any team. Plus, people who excel at problem solving tend to take initiative and enjoy taking on responsibility, meaning they will end up as an invaluable member of your work force.

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Anybody who is enthusiastic about their job and is able to put a positive spin on things will naturally lift the morale of those working near them. A happy workforce promotes productivity, which is the aim of every business.


Eagerness and Ability to Learn

Every day is a learning day and no matter what age we are or how long we have been working in a specific industry, it is impossible to know everything. A person who is keen on learning new things and is open to learning from others is a winning combination with a business that is looking to improve itself.


Emotional Intelligence

In any social situation, it is important that we strive to see things from other people’s perspectives and although we may not agree on everything we can appreciate others’ point of view and come to an amicable resolution. Having employees who have empathy and understand will be able to avoid unmanageable conflicts and fallouts with clients.


Ability to Adapt to Change

In today’s digital age, businesses are changing more rapidly than ever. The strongest team members take pleasure in this experience and are open to new developments and changing things up.

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Concentration on the Task at Hand

With multiple distractions in the modern workplace it is imperative to be able to focus on your work and get tasks done.


Working in a Team

One of the most obvious attributes that are necessary for joining any business is being able to work well with others. This means more than being nice to your colleagues. A truly fantastic team player will go the extra mile to help colleagues but also ask for help when it is needed. Good communication is key for this process.


Engagement and Presence

There is no one singular personality type that is needed to meet this skill requirement however it is usually easy to tell shortly after meeting someone how they will present themselves and engage with others. Some of the general attributes needed to meet this skill can be openness, confidence and humility.