Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Do you have the Skills? Check out this List

So you have some skills, huh? That’s what your teachers, your parents, maybe some friends told you. The big question though, is whether or not these skills will translate in to a good paying job that you can use to help support yourself and/or your family. According to ACT research, they have identified 15 key skills that nearly every employer is looking for when hiring a candidate.

The question I have for you is, do have the skills?

Here they are, take notes and get ready for our career fair August 15th at the Amway Arena where you can put your skills to the ultimate test!

Carefulness: Do you have a tendency to think and plan carefully before acting? This helps with reducing the chance for costly errors, as well as keeping a steady workflow going.

Cooperation: Willingness to engage in interpersonal work situations is very important in the workplace.

Creativity: You've heard of "thinking outside the box"? Employers want innovative people who bring a fresh perspective.

Discipline: This includes the ability to keep on task and complete projects without becoming distracted or bored.

Drive: Businesses want employees who have high aspiration levels and work hard to achieve goals.

Good attitude: This has been shown to predict counterproductive work behaviors, job performance and theft.

Goodwill: This is a tendency to believe others are well-intentioned.

Influence: Groups need strong leaders to guide the way. Influence includes a tendency to positively impact social situations by speaking your mind and becoming a group leader.

Optimism: A positive attitude goes a long way toward productivity.

Order: "Where did I put that?" A tendency to be well organized helps employees to work without major distractions or "roadblocks."

Safe work behaviors: Employers want people who avoid work-related accidents and unnecessary risk-taking in a work environment.

Savvy: This isn't just about job knowledge, but knowledge of coworkers and the working environment. It includes a tendency to read other people's motives from observed behavior and use this information to guide one's thinking and action.

Sociability: How much you enjoy interacting with coworkers affects how well you work with them.

Stability: This means a tendency to maintain composure and rationality in stressful work situations.

Vigor: This is a tendency to keep a rapid tempo and keep busy.

This skill list was provided by ACT, an independent, nonprofit organization that provides assessment, research, information and program management services in education and workforce development. Visit them directly at


Brandi August 6, 2007 at 6:34 AM  

This is a great list to review when writing your resume or getting ready for a job interview. It might also be beneficial to mention these skills as buzz words during your actual interview.

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