Job Search: The 10 Professional Attributes Employers Want Most in Employees

Indeed.com studied millions of job ads to identify the professional attributes that employers most commonly seek in employees.

With so many people competing for so few jobs, savvy job seekers are looking for any way they can differentiate themselves from their competition and stand out to prospective employers in their job searches. This need to stand out has driven some job seekers to promote their experience in some wacky ways, jazz up their resumes or develop unique personal brands.

According to job search engine Indeed.com, one of the best ways job seekers can differentiate themselves in their job searches from others with similar skills and work experience is by emphasizing their professional attributes—traits that indicate how they will perform at work. Many employers are as interested in a prospective employee's professional attributes and soft skills as they are in the employee's technical skills and work experience.

"Knowing the professional attributes that employers value most allows you to position yourself better against the competition," says Indeed.com.

Indeed.com analyzed millions of its job postings over six months to identify the professional attributes that employers most commonly seek in prospective employees.  Here is Indeed.com's list of the top 10 professional attributes that employers want to see in their employees, in order of importance. 

  1. Leadership skills
  2. Interpersonal skills
  3. Problem-solving skills
  4. Self-motivation
  5. Efficient
  6. Detail-oriented
  7. The ability to prioritize
  8. Team player
  9. Reliable
  10. The ability to multitask

IT hiring managers: What professional attributes or soft skills do you want to see most in  your employees?

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