Posted on Feb 18, 2015 @[email protected]

Essential Personal Skills

By Robert Boroff

Employers are looking for 15 essential personal skills when evaluating candidates, according to the non-profit research organization ACT.

1. Carefulness: Do you have a tendency to think and plan carefully before acting? This helps with reducing the chance for costly errors, as well as keeping a steady workflow going.

2. Cooperation: Willingness to engage in interpersonal work situations is important in the workplace.

3. Creativity: You’ve heard of “thinking outside the box?” Employers want innovative people who bring a fresh perspective.

4. Discipline: This includes the ability to keep on task and complete projects without becoming distracted or bored.

5. Drive: Businesses want employees who have high aspiration levels and work hard to achieve goals.

6. Good attitude: This has been shown to predict counterproductive work behaviors, job performance and theft.

7. Goodwill: This is a tendency to believe others are well-intentioned.

8. Influence: Groups need strong leaders to guide the way. Influence includes a tendency to positively impact social situations by speaking your mind and becoming a group leader.

9. Optimism: A positive attitude goes a long way toward productivity.

10. Order: “Where did I put that?” A tendency to be well organized helps employees to work without major distractions or roadblocks.

11. Safe work behaviors: Employers want people who avoid work-related accidents and unnecessary risk-taking in a work environment.

12. Savvy: This isn’t just about job knowledge, but knowledge of coworkers and the working environment. It includes a tendency to read other people’s motives from observed behavior and use this information to guide one’s thinking and action.

13. Sociability: How much you enjoy interacting with coworkers affects how well you work with them.

14. Stability: This means a tendency to maintain composure and rationality in stressful work situations.

15. Vigor: This is a tendency to keep a rapid tempo and keep busy.

Robert Boroff Executive Profile Managing Director Reaction Search International

•       Uses over 17 years of industry experience to provide clients with proven recruiting strategies that garner results

•       Leads a team of Executive Recruiters in fulfilling clients important hiring needs in a time and cost-effective manner

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