If you want a job or a promotion, there are a few skills you have to have - because getting hired is about more than being qualified, with the right degree or experience. These are the must-have job skills that'll get you hired over the next guy:

  • Great communication skills. It's important to be able to get your point across clearly and concisely - whether it's an email, an interview, or the weekly staff meeting. The problem is, we interact online so much that we’ve lost the art of face-to-face communication. We've also forgotten how to flesh out ideas - for longer than the length of a text message or Tweet. But recruiters say, no matter how you're communicating, someone should be able to come away from the interaction knowing who you are, what you want, and how you plan to get it. You also need to be enthusiastic. Tone of voice is as big a part of communication as the words you use. And enthusiasm is one of the top qualities employers want.
  • Flexibility. The kiss of death is saying, "That's not my job." Because these days, companies need their employees to jump in wherever needed. You also have to be willing to learn new skills, or new ways of doing things. If your mantra is, "But we've always done it this way," your boss will be looking for someone who's willing to do it the NEW way.
  • Productivity. Like it or not, employers are looking to squeeze as much work as they can out of the fewest people. And the person who'll get promoted is the one who goes to the boss and says, "Hey, I finished that report. Is there anything else you'd like me to jump on?" And if you're looking to get hired, emphasize productivity on your resume by saying things like, "Increased sales by 15%."

What about you? Which skills helped you get your job? Or, if you're in the position to hire, which skills do you look for in a candidate?

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