Soft Skills: What Employers Want
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has identified the following eight, core competencies as a measure of career-readiness. Evaluate whether you possess these competencies and where you can improve. When writing your resume and/or cover letter, be sure to highlight experiences that demonstrate these competencies.
Critical Thinking / Problem Solving
- Exercises sounds reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems.
- Able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data.
- Demonstrates originality and inventiveness.
Oral / Written Communication
- Clearly articulates thoughts and ideas.
- Able to express ideas to others.
- Writes effectively and clearly.
Teamwork / Collaboration
- Builds collaborative relationships with colleagues and clients.
- Able to work within a team structure.
- Can negotiate and manage conflict.
Professionalism / Work Ethic
- Demonstrates personal accountability and effective work habits (i.e., punctuality, time management, etc.).
- Demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior.
- Able to learn from mistakes.
- Leverages existing digital technologies.
- Adapts to new and emerging technologies.
- Leverages the strengths of other to achieve common goals
- Uses interpersonal skills to coach and develop others.
- Organizes, prioritizes, and delegates work.
- Articulates personal skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences.
- Identifies areas necessary for professional growth.
- Takes the steps necessary to pursue opportunities.
Global / Intercultural Fluency
- Values, respects, and learns from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions.
- Demonstrates openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individual differences.
Source: “Career Readiness Defined”; National Association of Colleges and Employers.