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Job Skills

Personal Values Employers Seek in Employeesimportant job skills traits

Of equal importance to specific job skills are the values, personality traits, and personal characteristics that employers seek. Therefore, look for ways to weave examples of these characteristics into your resume, cover letters, and answers to interview questions.



Employers probably respect personal integrity more than any other value, especially in light of the many recent corporate scandals.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

  • > Seasoned professional whose honesty and integrity provide for effective leadership and optimal business relationships.



Deals with openness to new ideas and concepts, to working independently or as part of a team, and to carrying out multiple tasks or projects.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

  • > Highly adaptable, mobile, positive, resilient, patient risk-taker who is open to new ideas.


Dedication/Hard-Working/Work Ethic/Tenacity.

Employers seek jobseekers who love what they do and will keep at it until they solve the problem and get the job done.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

  • > Productive worker with solid work ethic who exerts optimal effort in successfully completing tasks.



There’s no question that all employers desire employees who will arrive to work every day — on time — and ready to work, and who will take responsibility for their actions.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

  • > Dependable, responsible contributor committed to excellence and success.



Employers want employees who will have a strong devotion to the company — even at times when the company is not necessarily loyal to its employees.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

  • > Loyal and dedicated manager with an excellent work record.


Positive Attitude/Motivation/Energy/Passion.

The jobseekers who get hired and the employees who get promoted are the ones with drive and passion — and who demonstrate this enthusiasm through their words and actions.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

  • > Energetic performer consistently cited for unbridled passion for work, sunny disposition, and upbeat, positive attitude.



Deals with acting in a responsible and fair manner in all your personal and work activities, which is seen as a sign of maturity and self-confidence; avoid being petty.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

  • > Conscientious go-getter who is highly organized, dedicated, and committed to professionalism.



Look at it this way: if you don’t believe in yourself, in your unique mix of skills, education, and abilities, why should a prospective employer? Be confident in yourself and what you can offer employers.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

  • > Confident, hard-working employee who is committed to achieving excellence.


Self-Motivated/Ability to Work with Little or No Supervision.

While teamwork is always mentioned as an important skill, so is the ability to work independently, with minimal supervision.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

  • > Highly motivated self-starter who takes initiative with minimal supervision.


Willingness to Learn.

No matter what your age, no matter how much experience you have, you should always be willing to learn a new skill or technique. Because jobs are constantly changing and evolving, you must show an openness to grow and learn with that change.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

  • > Enthusiastic, knowledge-hungry learner, eager to meet challenges and quickly assimilate new concepts.

originally posted at quaintcareers.com


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