5 Universal Skills Every Employer Should Value

No Matter the Job, Employers Should Hire Workers with These Universal Skills

Which Skills Are Always Valued?

Every job in every field at each individual company is different. But while each job has a unique set of skill requirements, there are several skills which are required in all jobs. Apart from the specific technical skills, each employer uses these common skills to evaluate the suitability of the job applicants. The more the prospective jobseeker proves to have these skills, the better his/her suitability for that particular job. The five common skills you need to look out for every job include:

5. Responsibility/Dependability

As an employer, you understand there is a fine line between managing and babysitting. You’d rather sit back and get busy with other, high-level tasks than watch over their work. That’s why you need to hire responsible people who might require training, but will ultimately need minimal supervision in handling their tasks. The way to ensure this is to assess your applicant’s responsibilities according to his past experiences and achievements. Whether he’s worked alone for some time or always as part of a team, make sure there’s a history of work getting done and deadlines being met.

4. Teamwork

Every organization or company requires solid teamwork to succeed. Even if the position for which you’re hiring involves working alone, getting along with others for the benefit of the company is never a bad trait. All the skills in the world won’t make up for the fact that a candidate can’t communicate his/her thoughts or work collaboratively with existing employees.

3. Problem-solving

An ideal working environment consists of employees who can effectually respond to any problem. Despite the best of intentions, problems are guaranteed to develop within your organization. You may not be present to personally handle the problems, which leaves the process to the expertise of your employees. A good job candidate has to demonstrate the ability to quickly and logically respond to any problem, regardless of the pressure. The more senior the job, the stronger this skill needs to be.

2. Adaptability/Flexibility

In sports, the players who can fill multiple roles instead of just one position are often the most sought after players. The same is true of business. The last thing you need is a rigid employee whose limited skills make him a one-trick pony. The ability to fit comfortably into multiple roles is very important, since you may need to shift employees or award someone a promotion for his/her hard work. Adapt or perish.

1. Willingness to Learn

Regardless of how much someone has previously studied, he/she will require additional training to be incorporated into your company. But that’s not a bad thing — or it shouldn’t be. If you have a jobseeker who looks at training and professional development as an annoyance rather than an opportunity, that’s a huge red flag. You don’t want to invest money in an employee who has no interest in bettering himself and the company. Move on and save yourself the trouble.

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