Top 10 Skills Employers Seek

Communication and interpersonal skills

Explaining what you mean in a clear and concise way through written and spoken means as well as listening and relating to other people and following instructions.

Problem solving skills

Understanding a problem by breaking it down into smaller parts, identifying the key issues, implications and solutions.

Using your initiative and being self-motivated

Showing a strong personal drive and learning tasks and processes on your own, not waiting to be told to do things.

Working under pressure and meeting deadlines

Handling stress that comes with deadlines and ensuring that you meet them.

Organizational skills

Planning work to meet deadlines and targets. Monitoring progress of work to ensure you are on track to meeting a deadline.

Team working

Working well with other people from different disciplines, backgrounds, and expertise to accomplish a task or goal.

Ability to learn and adapt

Showing enthusiastic about your work and identifying ways to learn from your mistakes for the benefit of both you and your employer.

Numeracy

Using data and mathematics to support evidence or demonstrate a point.

Valuing diversity and differences

Understanding and being considerate of the different needs of different individuals.

Negotiation skills

Listening to other people’s feelings and expressing your own requirements in an unemotional clear fashion to achieve a win-win outcome.

Reference: http://www.conferenceboard.ca/Libraries/EDUC_PUBLIC/esp2000.pdf

Technical Skills

Tutorials and videos are a great resource to learn software and are easily accessible online to help you learn quickly on your own.

All Microsoft Office Products:

office.microsoft.com/en-us/training/

Microsoft Excel:

http://www.skilledup.com/articles/free-excel-tutorials/
https://www.youtube.com/user/excelmadeasy