Ten Most Valued Job Skills

From studies the 10 most valued job skills are soft skills (see below)

The 10 Most Valued Job Skills*i

No.

Content

Key Attributes

1.

Enthusiasm/positive attitude

The ability to remain consistently positive and optimistic and to maintain enthusiasm in all work tasks and projects

2.

Good communication skills

To be proficient in both verbal and written communications

3.

Self-motivation/

initiative

Taking responsibility for originating tasks/new ideas/methods and having the ability to think and act without being prompted

4.

Honesty

The ability to consistently speak the truth and be honest at all times, and encourage others to do the same

5.

Liking people

The ability to relate well to others (of all types and ages) in order to successfully accomplish the tasks and goals the job

6.

Persistence

The capacity to follow through strongly to completion, despite setbacks and/or obstacles

7.

Ability to work in a team

The ability to effectively cooperate with others in the performance of job assignments

8.

Good organisational skills/ability to work well under pressure

The ability to organise oneself and others and to work consistently and without getting overloaded, even when pressure is high

9.

Willingness to learn

The capacity to maintain a mind that is open to new ways of doing things and willing to accept constructive feedback

10.

Dependable/dedicated

The ability to turn up regularly for work on time and work hard on a consistent basis

Notes

i) This is based on analysing over 40 worldwide studies of of medium to large-scale organisations (2009 - 2012) (Tim Baker, 2013)

 

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