Personal Qualities Employers are Looking For

When it comes to personal qualities employers are looking for in their next candidate, some will be specific to the job. This is a given. However, there are some that are universally sought after. Why? Because people who can demonstrate they have these skills will typically make good employees.

A word of caution: Don’t simply copy and paste this list into your resume. Instead, pick the ones that really do apply to you and think of 2-3 examples of when you have used these skills in your career.

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Personal Qualities Employers are looking for:

Hard Skills:

  • Problem-solving
  • Adaptability
  • Time management
  • Organization
  • Oral communication
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Customer service
  • Computer skills and Technical Skills
  • Sales and marketing
  • Reporting
  • Budgeting

Soft Skills:

  • Professionalism
  • Drive
  • Enthusiasm
  • Confidence
  • Creativity
  • Transparency
  • Perseverance
  • Honesty
  • Strong work ethic
  • Open-mindedness

Read The Soft Skills Employers are Looking For for more information.

Key Points For Personal Qualities

When listing job skills on your resume, remember:

  • The skills you put on a resume are important for the ATS and recruiters.
  • Always tailor your resume skills to a particular job offer.
  • Your resume should only list your top skills. Leave out the ones you only have a basic grasp of.

Where to list skills on a resume

You can create a Skills section on your resume for hiring agents to easily find. However, also use them throughout your resume to emphasize goals and achievements you have reached. Remember to back up your skills with hard data and stats whenever possible.

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Don’t forget to include skills in your resume summary for extra value.

Which skills do you think are the most important?

We’d love to hear your experience with listing skills on your resume. Which ones do you think are the most important? Do you think they are relevant to any job you are applying for? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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