As many as 51% of employers say that communication skills are a top priority in their hiring process. Without being able to communicate your thoughts clearly, you cannot expect to get very far in your career. “Professional Correspondence” or the ability to write well also ranked high on the search-list for ideal candidates. Mark Borozdin of Docudesign advises all programmers to polish their writing skills. This becomes even more important if you work remotely, since emails and texts will then be your main form of communication with the rest of your team, even possibly your employer.
Self-confidence is often thought to be a natural trait but it can actually be developed and enhanced. Employers look to recruit people who believe in themselves, because that’s the first step to making others believe in you. There’s a thin line between confidence and arrogance though, so be careful that in the job interview you don’t come across as being brash and boastful, which will greatly diminish your chances.
Critical thinking and problem solving are also highly valued skills. So when you see all those investment bankers with their Science or Engineering degrees, it all starts to make sense. Knowing how to think is more potent than knowing what to think. At the core, many jobs are about problem solving. Valuable employees cannot only think out of the box, but around the box to find practical solutions that fit the circumstances.
Networking skills may not be mentioned in the ad but are highly valued by all employers. Meaningful connections help you expand your professional circle, land new clients and recruit new talent for your company. Successful networking includes having great negotiating skills, which will serve to resolve conflicts at the workplace and find workable solutions among co-workers and clients. Hiring managers look for team players who can successfully collaborate. Empathy and emotional skills add to your value as an asset. Empathy is the difference between knowledge and understanding. If you can view a problem from different perspectives, you’re on your way to solving it.
The most important skill for productivity is time-management. Employees who have an accurate estimation of time required for tasks, and can build in space for managing hurdles, achieve greater success at the workplace. Multi-tasking sometimes leads to less efficient work, so if you can prioritize and accomplish tasks according to urgency without getting flustered, you’re going to be one highly-valued employee!