The Top 5 Career Readiness Skills

Career Ready Skills

In order to be “career ready” for any job you need a set of skills that are transferable to any career path.  These skills go beyond degrees, training, qualifications and experiences and are desirable across all employment sectors.  Here are the top 5 career readiness skills employers are looking for.

1. Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

The ability to analyze information and apply logic and creativity to solve problems is highly valued by employers.  Employers are looking for those that think outside the box.

2. Teamwork/Collaboration


Employers are looking for those that work well with others and have the team goals in mind, versus only caring about yourself and your own individual agenda.  Good collaborators listen to co-workers’ opinions with an open mind and offer constructive suggestions.

3. Good Communication Skills

Good Communication Skills

Good communications skills are invaluable in the workplace for many reasons.  Whether it be in writing or orally, skilled communicators are able to clearly and concisely articulate their point without being aggressive.  Good communicators can change their communication style to suit any task and are able to develop good working relationships with coworkers.

4. Strong Work Ethic

Strong Work Ethic

Employers want people who are dependable and willing to go the extra mile to get the job done.  Those with a strong work ethic need minimum supervision or motivation and always take pride in their work.

5. Adaptability/Flexibility

Change is inevitable.  Employees who are able to adapt to the situation at hand are highly valued over those resistant to change.  Employers are looking for those willing to step outside their comfort zone with a positive can-do attitude.

Posted in Independent Living Skills, Transitional Life Skills, Vocational Job Training by jdobbs at February 2nd, 2015.

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