You might be surprised to learn that the skills most important to employers are very basic! Some of them are learned in school, but many are related to your attitude - how you interact with other people and how
you approach challenging situations. Here are several things that nearly all employers say are the most important qualities in a worker.
Get It Done
The most important thing to employers is a good work ethic. They want workers who are honest, reliable, and hard working. They look for people with a positive attitude who are willing to do hands-on work.
Play Well With Others
Businesses and employees thrive when people work well together. This requires good communication - both talking and listening - as well as efficient teamwork. Occasionally, this also means being a leader.
Connecting Across Generations and Cultures
Throughout your career, you will likely be working with people of all walks of life. Respect for others, regardless of their age, ethnicity, or background is a necessity. Although most workplace conversations
will be in English, you may find that your customers or co-workers speak another language. That Spanish class may come in handy some day!
Most jobs require basic math. This is especially true of people handling money - just think about cashiers, bank tellers, gas station attendants, and baristas! Workers also need to read (signs in the workplace, instructions, etc.) and write at least occasionally. Increasingly, workers also need to use computers.
Be a Problem-Solver
Sometimes you will face challenges in the workplace. Workers must be able to recognize and solve these issues when they occur.