Top Skills Employers Search For

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Searching for jobs is always overwhelming, and it can be extremely discouraging to find a position you believe you’re well qualified for, but don’t meet all of the “desired skills.”  However, remember that not having some of the listed skills and qualifications will not immediately exclude you, and employers look for other life skills, personality traits, and character qualities that may not be listed explicitly in a job description.  Below are the top five skills that WadiTek looks for in candidates, in addition to those that are advertised:


  1. Communication and Interpersonal Skills. The way that you communicate and speak in an interview can make or break your desirability as a candidate. The ability to interact with a variety of people and audiences is one of the most important skills one can have in the workplace, as you never know who you may be speaking to-clients, coworkers, the leadership team, interviewees-or through which medium-phone, email, video call, or in-person. This adaptability in communication skills and styles can make you a valuable asset in any company.
  2. Organizational Skills. It is not uncommon for an employer to ask about your organizational styles or time management processes.  By having a specific organizational system that you use for yourself, you can prove that you have the ability to tackle multiple assignments at once and that you have a clear methodology for gettings tasks done.  
  3. Computer Skills No, this does not mean the ability to write code (although for some jobs may be necessary), but it does mean having a basic understanding of how to operate many different programs and computer systems.  Most employers ask that you know how to use Microsoft Office programs, such as Word and Excel, and especially now while working remotely, you may be asked to use shared platforms such as Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.  Familiarity with WordPress may be necessary if you are doing anything with the company website, as well as knowledge about social media.
  4. Writing Abilities. Nearly everyone will have to write something at some point in their career, whether it be an article, social media post, press release, or even email.  No matter what kind of material is being written, it is important that the message is clear, concise, and contains perfect grammar and punctuation.  There are so many things that could go wrong for your company if the message is unclear or misinterpreted, so it is important to demonstrate extensive knowledge of these factors in your job application and in your job performance. 
  5. Confidence. Being confident in your skills and abilities as an employee is one of the most respectable actions you can take in the workplace.  Although it is important to ask questions regarding tasks you don’t understand, it is also necessary to take initiative on new projects, even if you are not asked to do so.  Taking these steps will prove your confidence in your job, and show that you are a motivated individual. 


Of course, this list of skillsets can get pretty extensive, but these five will help any job-seeker to nail the basics.  What background skills does your company look for during the hiring process?