Monday, February 08, 2010

What Skills are Employers Looking For?

I am just back to the office after a week spent in Senegal, West Africa, delivering a 5 day Coaching and Mentoring Training of Trainers for UNICEF. It was a wonderful experience! More on this later.

World at Work published "Employers Rank Communication Skills First Among Job Candidate Skills/Qualities" last week about what employers are looking for in terms of skills in the workplace.

Based on the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) 2010 Outlook, the top 5 skills employers are looking for are:

  1. communication skills
  2. analytical skills
  3. teamwork skills
  4. technical skills
  5. strong work ethic.

How is your skills training in these areas? What are you noticing about new applicants and their level of competency in these areas?

What would you rank as the top 5 skill areas needed in today's economy?

Have a great week,


Jennifer Britton, PCC, CHRP

Potentials Realized

Author of Effective Group Coaching

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