What Skills Do Employers Value?

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While it is true that employees have more leverage now in their job searches, employers still look for and even demand certain qualities and skills. If you are looking for a new position or want to negotiate a better one, it may be wise to keep a few things in mind.

Are you a problem solver? Creative problem solving demonstrates you are actively looking for ways to solve workplace issues. It also shows that you are capable and eager to sink your teeth into more complex issues. Employers – and clients or customers – are looking for new ways to solve problems or identify tools for the team to employ in a rapidly evolving market. Good problem solvers start by brainstorming. Learning a  brainstorming technique— alphabet brainstorming, grid brainstorming, morphological chart —will help you approach a challenge.

Are you adept at strategic planning? Strategic planning experts often utilize “what if” scenarios. They use them to determine which strategic direction to take and prepare for the unexpected. Learning how to evaluate the different approaches your industry—or career path—could take down the road can help you intentionally map your future moves, develop alternative ways, and protect against uncertainty. Developing the skills to gather critical business intelligence and assess potential opportunities can help you become better at strategic planning.

How are your decision-making skills? The most significant part of leadership is the willingness to make decisions. We are all called upon to make quick and impactful decisions in our lives and our jobs. Gathering data and viewpoints, using good judgment and trusting your instincts will help you distinguish yourself from colleagues who may second guess themselves or are too uncertain or indecisive.   To become a better decision-maker, learn how to absorb, share, and rationally analyze data in the face of uncertainty.

Look online and at your local college or university for programs offering certificate-granting courses to help you refine these skills. Your next employer will appreciate it! Need help? Contact rdc@rdcinc.com for assistance!

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