Employers search for employees who have the qualification and attributes that contribute toward an organization’s success. This success may involve a number of different objectives: improving market share, research and development of new products, quality customer service, recognition as a leader in a particular industry, inroads into new markets, higher profits, global expansion, etc.
In order to succeed, to grow, to remain solvent, businesses are well aware that they must be alert to global trends and to what’s happening in the economy. As such, they must employ people with the qualities and competencies that are necessary to stay current in an information-based constantly changing economy.
Now, in order for you to effectively manage your career, you must know what employers know. That means you need to know and develop the qualities that are most valued in the workplace and that will simultaneously enable you to get hired, stay employed and get ahead. These qualities are your toolbox of competencies and attributes that promote your contribution to any organization, as well as, equip you with the transferable skills needed in many organizations. What follows are several listings of qualities employers have identified as important in their hiring and firing decisions.
(Source: SCANS-Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills)
(Source: Pfizer Inc)
(Source: The Conference Board of Canada)
Consider selecting 2 to 5 of the above skills or attributes to develop over the next 6 months. Select the ones that you would like to improve upon and identify several action steps to take to achieve your desired skills.
Here’s an example:
Goal: Improve Communication Skills
Steps to Achieving Your Goal: I will...