March 7, 2009

Do you have these 12 skills that are most in demand?

I came across a great resource on Dartmouth College's Career Services website. They list the 12 common skills that employers look for.

While the skills they list aren't new, they are important 'soft' or 'transferable' skills. You should be able to demonstrate all 12 of these skills and provide concrete examples of how you have used them.

Now, these examples don't have to be employment-related - if you've used these skills while volunteering, or as a member of a sports team, or while at school, make sure you include it.


Also note that these skills are typically the skills you will be asked to demonstrate in an interview. However, these skills also work well if you're using a functional resume. They make great skill headings that you can put in bold font and then provide 2 or 3 examples below.

Remember, it is important to provide concrete examples - don't just say that you are good at the skill, show it through your work/volunteer/activity/academic experience or the knowledge you've gained elsewhere.

And so, here is the list:

Technology – Utilize systems, search engines, software and hardware in order to manage, record, analyze or manipulate data/information. Able to evaluate and filter information

Quantitative – Use mathematical skills, concepts and ideas to solve problems and interpret data

Critical/Analytical Thinking – Gather evidence, identify important elements, sort by relevance, evaluate options, recognize assumptions and fallacies, anticipate consequences and draw conclusions based on analysis

Creativity - Generate ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems or communicating with others. May involve presenting existing information in a new, unique way or developing something that is completely original

Research – Define the task, identify information-seeking strategies, possibly apply laboratory techniques and calculate measurements, synthesize and evaluate

Time Management – Use time effectively by prioritizing work and setting and meeting deadlines for completing assignments/responsibilities. Make realistic commitments to others and deliver on them

Self-Management – Work independently, manage multiple demands, adapt to change, calculate risks, and cope with failure

Communication – Write and speak clearly and persuasively, listen, interpret accurately, and make effective presentations

Teamwork – Define common goals, initiate ideas, cooperate, negotiate and resolve conflict constructively. Identify individual strengths, harness them for a group and respect group dynamics

Leadership – Envision possibilities, express expectations, build relationships, inspire and motivate others and set an example

Embrace Diversity – Value differences, understand identities and seek perspectives, venture beyond comfort zones and demonstrate commitment to diversity through supportive actions

Integrity – Live/work by guiding principles or personal/professional ethics, accept responsibility, ‘do what you say’, and behave consistently with transparency

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