It’s a new year, which means you’ve got a clean slate if you’re searching for a job. To kickstart your job hunt in 2015, it’s important to know what hiring managers are looking for when they have open positions. In order to make yourself as marketable as possible this year, make sure that you possess the following skills:
- The ability to communicate with people both inside and outside of your organization: It’s great that you can work as part of a team with your colleagues, but many jobs also require you to work with clients, vendors, and others who aren’t sitting in your office every day. If you can show that you’re able to communicate effectively both inside and outside of your company, you’ll stand out to a hiring manager.
- The ability to prioritize: During the work day, you often have five or 10 tasks to accomplish. A good employee is able to analyze each of these tasks, determining which is most important and which can wait a few hours. Emphasize your prioritization skills on your résumé in order to separate yourself from the pack.
- Writing and editing skills: It doesn’t matter if your job has “writer” or “editor” in its description or not, these skills are highly valuable. From composing e-mails to crafting reports, you need to be able to communicate your ideas concisely and effectively.
- Ability to analyze data: Again, it doesn’t matter what kind of job you’re in, you’ll need to be able to approach your role with an analytical mind. Whether you’re trying to figure out how to serve your customers more effectively or how to compete with the new firm opening up in town, this approach to your work is highly valuable.
Lastly, a job seeker should make it a point to learn to work with various personality types. Offices are full of diverse groups of people, and when you can work well alongside a number of different characters, you’ll find that you’re much more successful.
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