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Essential Career Skills

June 1st, 2007


You've got the MBA, the years of experience, the history of making solid business decisions - all the best ingredients to move up the corporate ladder. But management is also looking for that something special. Those qualities that go beyond what you can learn in business skill, according to ACT Research.


According to a survey from ACT Research, employers are looking for 15 characteristics for their upper management:


  • 1. Carefulness: Planning and careful consideration before business deals
  • 2. Cooperation: Willingness to engage in interpersonal situations
  • 3. Creativity: Innovative people with a fresh perspective are in high demand
  • 4. Discipline: Ability to keep on task
  • 5. Drive: Corporations want employees who have high aspiration levels and work hard to achieve goals
  • 6. Good attitude
  • 7. Goodwill
  • 8. Influence: Strong leaders to guide the way
  • 9. Optimism: A positive attitude goes a long way toward productivity
  • 10. Order
  • 11. Safe work behaviors
  • 12. Savvy
  • 13. Sociability
  • 14. Stability
  • 15. Vigor



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