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Qualities Employers Desire

  1. Ability to Communicate
    Organize and present your thoughts coherently through the written or spoken word.
  2. Intelligence
    Has "street sense", "common sense", and ability to learn.
  3. Self Confidence
    Recognizes ones own worth, has conviction, will stand up.
  4. Willing to Accept Responsibility
    Volunteers, takes on challenges, admits mistakes, "I'll do it" attitude
  5. Initiative
    Self-starter, self-motivated, works with little supervision.
  6. Leadership
    Take charge, in control, influences others.
  7. Energy Level
    Works hard, endurance, relishes work.
  8. Imagination
    Finds solutions, sees possibilities, innovative.
  9. Flexibility
    Adaptable, not rigid, capable of and receptive to change.
  10. Interpersonal Skills
    Gets along with people, pleasant personality.
  11. Self-Knowledge
    Realistic, no hang-ups, know who they are, knows what they can do
    and want to do.
  12. Ability to Handle Conflict
    Rolls with the punches, functions under pressure.
  13. Goal Achievement
    Sets goals, works toward goals, achieves.
  14. Competitiveness
    Works toward winning, tries to improve, be the best.
  15. Vocational Skills
    Can do the job, trainable, has appropriate skills.
  16. Direction
    Know what you want in life, in a job, has goals.