The Top 12 Soft Skills Employers Seek

Depending on the organization or business, employers are seeking key skills and experience for each job. But even though these skills are extremely important, there are certain “soft skills” that employers also look for when hiring people for their organization. Research has shown that a person’s “soft skills” can be just as good of an indicator of a person’s job performance as the hard skills that they possess.

Soft Skills Make a Person Pleasant to Work With and a Valued Member of the Team

Soft skills relate to a set of skills that individuals possess, which makes them good employees no matter where they work or what they do. When we think of soft skills, we are thinking of personal qualities, attitudes, verbal and nonverbal behavior, and personal habits that make an individual pleasant to work with, and a valuable member of any team.

Individuals with impeccable manners and an ability to be understanding, fair and compassionate are the type of people most of us would like to work with. It is also someone who possesses a strong work ethic and will do what it takes to get the work done, that organizations like to hire and employees want to welcome as a new member of their team.

We all know people who we like or love as friends or family; but when it comes to actually working with that person on a daily basis, our positive feelings may go out the window and we may find that it’s almost impossible to work alongside them in a job situation. Here’s a list of the 12 soft skills that employers look for when hiring.

A Positive Attitude
A positive attitude can do wonders in turning a department or company around. Having employees who possess a positive attitude can also be contagious; and for employers, it’s important for them to seek that kind of energy since it only takes a few negative people to bring down a department or even the organization as a whole.

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Inspirational Quotes About Finding a New Job

“Go where you are celebrated—not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start.”
“Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.”

Inspirational Quotes About Finding a New Job

“Our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”

Communication skills will help you land any job

Communication skills—you know you need them, but do you know how many you need to build the best resume? Here are the top 4 communication skills to help you get your next job.

The best communication skills for your resume:

1. Excellent Speaking Skills

When most people think about communication, they think about speaking. While this area is only one part of communication, it’s a very important one. Speaking well matters, whether you’re a manager delivering motivational speeches to inspire your team, a bookkeeper explaining a client’s financial situation, or a public relations specialist interacting with members of the media.

Having good public speaking skills helps you talk to others and persuade them with your point of view. Your speaking skills will help you command others’ attention. You can showcase your excellent speaking skills during a job interview, so make the most of the opportunity.

2. Good Telephone Skills

While good speaking skills go some way toward making someone competent on the telephone, phone communication skills are skills unto their own. Without the visual clues of face-to-face communication, telephone speakers must take cues from what they’re hearing and express themselves only through their voices.
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3 things to know about the June 2018 jobs report

Jobs and unemployment both see a rise as more people enter the workforce.

The U.S. economy added 213,000 jobs in June, considerably higher than the median estimate of 195,000, according to Bloomberg.

Here are some of the highlights from the report.

1. More jobs, but also higher unemployment

The unemployment rate rose slightly to 4 percent from 3.9 percent last month.

Bloomberg: “The rise in the unemployment rate was also “healthy” because it reflected an uptick in the labor participation rate (to 62.9 percent from 62.7 percent), raising hopes that the labor force can overcome some of its structural headwinds.”

CNN Money: “New entrants, including blue-collar workers and teenagers, shouldn’t have much trouble finding a job. There are more openings right now than unemployed workers, leading businesses to expand hiring to historically disadvantaged groups.

2. Wages still lagging

Low unemployment is usually expected to lead to increased wages as the labor market tightens and employers are forced to compete more to attract fewer candidates. This trend hasn’t held in recent jobs reports, and despite a small increase last month, wages growth has fallen back into this pattern.

The Washington Post: “Despite the low unemployment and struggles to find workers, companies still appear hesitant to significantly raise pay in many industries. Average hourly earnings are 2.7 percent higher than a year ago, a lackluster pace compared to past eras of healthy job growth when wages were rising at 3.5 percent or more a year.”
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Words and Phrases to Avoid Saying When Job Searching

There are some things you should say when you’re job searching, and there are others that are better left unsaid. It’s always important to keep your job search positive, even if you don’t feel great about yourself or having to find a new job.

Negativity is easy to pick up during a job interview, and employers don’t want to hire negative, cranky, or difficult people. There is power in positivity and companies want to hire employees who do their best to look on the bright side and avoid complaining. The words you use during networking meetings and interviews should reflect a positive outlook, as well as your enthusiasm for being considered for a job or a referral.

If you come across as negative, if your ability to carry on a conversation is limited, or if your vocabulary is punctuated by slang, acronyms, and too many fillers such as “umm” or “like” or “you know” it’s not going to make the best impression.
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Best Ways to Market Yourself and Get Hired

Here’s a harsh reality: For any job posted, many, many candidates will apply. Some of these candidates will be less qualified than you are, but others will be just as qualified, or even more so. Faced with this volume of competition, it’s essential that you sell yourself. That means making it clear why you are the best candidate available. Selling yourself can feel uncomfortable, but it’s truly essential. If you don’t point out your best qualities as a candidate, who will?

To get past any feelings of shyness, modesty, or discomfort, think like a marketer. Develop a marketing and sales campaign for your job search exactly as if it was one of the many toothpaste options in the drugstore aisle. Doing this will help you assess your strengths, strengthen your performance throughout the application process, and develop a strong brand that will make you stand out from the sea of applicants.

6 Strategies to Market Yourself and Get a Job
Follow these strategies used by marketers to see how to sell yourself as a candidate, and increase your chances of getting hired.
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How to Match Your Qualifications to a Job

Employers will usually only spend a few seconds deciding if you are a good enough fit for a job to warrant a more thorough review of your resume and cover letter, so you need to make sure that it is immediately obvious that you have many of the skills, experiences, and qualities that they value most highly.

It’s also important to focus on your most relevant skills and strengths when writing resumes and cover letters, and when interviewing. The closer your match to the position, the better your chances of job search success.

Analyze the Job Listing
Job postings are typically broken out into several sections. Expect to see information about the company, details on the desired qualifications of applicants and a description of the responsibilities involved in the role. Some are brief, while others include more details about the job and the company.

Take the time to review the job posting, so you are familiar with what the employer wants. Here’s how to decode a job advertisement, so you can decide whether to apply and start work on your resume and cover letter.