A wide range of research has shown that there are common skills and qualities which employers want from their workers. These skills and qualities include a need to have good literacy, numeracy and IT skills, but what employers want also has a great deal to do with the attitude and motivation of job applicants. These qualities are often referred to as soft skills.

Employers want the people they employ to:

  • Have good written and verbal communication skills
  • Be honest and have integrity
  • Have good team-working skills
  • Have good inter-personal skills
  • Be highly motivated and show initiative
  • Have a strong work ethic
  • Have good analytical skills
  • Be flexible and adaptable in work
  • Have good IT skills
  • Have good organisational skills

Although qualifications are increasingly important in the modern labour market (many job vacancies require particular qualifications before you can even apply) employers are looking for much more than qualifications. Young people who can demonstrate that they have the skills and qualities which employers want will be more successful in their efforts to find a suitable job.

Source: Compiled by Focus LMI

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