1.2 Attributes Employers Desire

A collage of words including: ability, work, job, employer, positive, willingness, need, responsibilities, etc

The Wisconsin Job Center surveyed employers in their state to get a sense of what they are looking for when hiring or promoting employees. Take a look at the list below and see how much the personality traits and behaviors identified by KIPP are mirrored in employers’ wish list.

  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Enthusiasm
  • Cooperation
  • Maturity
  • Accuracy
  • Problem-solving Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Openness — Shares Experience and Ideas
  • Discretion and Loyalty to Employer — Doesn’t Criticize Past or Present Employers
  • Versatility — Skilled in More Than One Area
  • Conscientious — Committed to Doing the Best Job Possible

Identify those skills or personality traits on this list that you currently possess, and those that you might want to develop. As emotional intelligence becomes more widely appreciated, it is your ability to demonstrate these skills that will be the strongest predictor of your success.


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