What Top Skill Employers Want in an Employee

What are you looking for when hiring new employees?  This is the opening question posed to hiring staff when asked about their selection process.  From education to corporate executives the answer is the same.  The number one skill employers are looking for is the ability to work in a team.

According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities:

“While you may think that choosing the ‘right’ major is key to get a good job, your long-term professional success will depend far more on acquiring the right skills for a rapidly changing workforce.”

The willingness to be flexible and welcome new ideas and situations from others create a productive work environment.  Teamwork requires collaboration.  It means you will be exposed to different viewpoints, and new thoughts that promote creativity, innovation, and discovery.

In the changing job market, individuals bring to positions different experiences that contribute to the group dynamics and success.  Therefore, recognizing the contributions of others, validating their knowledge, and learning other skills are essential in obtaining as well as maintaining positions.   You welcome new roles and responsibilities in the group to add value to the team and yourself.  Thus, you are presenting yourself as a key element as you work for the betterment of the team.  This leads to overall success.

Hence, the question is:  Are you a team player?

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