What Skills Are Employers Looking For?


As a job seeker, you need to know that employers look for a set of skills that stretch beyond your qualifications and experience. The highly competitive job market makes it necessary for you to enhance your employability and stay at the winning edge of the job seeking process to be able to land on your dream job. Though education, knowledge and technical skills needed for a given job role are important, they will only take you till the interview hall. While there are hundred others who have applied for a particular role, you can impress your employers only with a set of soft skills that can give them a testimony to your performance and suitability to the job. The set of soft skills we are talking about are also called transferable skills that can be applied over all the job sectors in general. These are necessary to discharge any of your job roles effectively and will be highly useful to you while shifting between jobs or applying for better jobs. This article focuses on three most important job skills needed for job seekers namely communication skills, creativity skills and organizational skills.

Communication skills

Communication skills refers to your ability to communicate correctly, effectively and precisely to a variety of audience in written, spoken and visual modes through a wide range of media. Communication skills also overlap interpersonal skills that include verbal and non-verbal communication (body language and mannerisms) and the art of listening, persuading, influencing and exhibiting sensitivity and diplomacy. These are essential for negotiation, conflict management, team building and consensus building the set of skills that are common to most job roles. Communication is a comprehensive topic and stretches across communication, interpersonal skills, computer or technical literacy skills and teamwork skills. Some of the ways in which your employer can judge you with respect to these skills include the language and presentation skills you use during the interview process, the way you tackle the questions asked by the interview board and the resume and the material you submit during the interview. Communicational skills can not only help you with your work but also can protect your rights given in the state and federal labor law posters, since smooth communications between you and your employers can get your rights well respected and protected if you think your employer is acting against the law.

Creative skills

Creative skills can be thought of as comprising critical and creative thinking. This set of skills generally includes the ability to gather information from various sources including oral, written, artistic and scientific content; the power of expression, reflection, observation, experience and reasoning. Creative skills also mean the ability to analyse and solve problems of different natures across disciplinary, professionals, social and personal realms. Creative thinking includes thinking out of the box to apply a situation across various possibilities and devising strategies and solutions to move forward successfully. The other dimensions of creativity skills are innovation, originality, risk taking and evolving good ideas and practices. Creativity skills also imply the ability to apply the knowledge and skills across newer platforms and newer possibilities.

Organizational skills

Organizational skills are crucially important to accomplish any job related assignment. One of the most important dimensions of organizational skills is leadership qualities including the ability to influence, motivate, mentor, guide and enable the members of the organization contribute their lot for the success of the organization. Organizational skills also mean the ability to acquire and apply other set of skills like communication, critical thinking and problems solving in a working atmosphere or while arranging for an event or program. People with good organizational skills should be able to identify problems and solutions, working with challenging environments, empower the members under them, and facilitating teamwork.

In addition to acquiring the qualification and skills required for their field, people seeking for jobs must also develop the above said set of soft skills in order to climb up the ladder of professional success.

For this post, Doostang thanks our friends at Under30Careers.


  1. Michelle CIT 154 says

    Leaving a comment for CIT154 class. This blog is the perfect example of what skills to have to become the best candidate for any desired job.

  2. Henry Collins says

    It seems that while many college grads possess in measure some degree of creativity and organizational skills, most lack strong communication skills. Part of the reason for this is the fact that humanity and humility is not taught in college. Instead colleges produce young arrogant newbies who think they have all the answers and possess the attention span of a slab of butter on a hot skillet. It takes years of serious training and experience to culture these skills as well as a genuine love and respect for all people.

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