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What Are Some Skills and Qualities Employers Look for in an Employee?

  • By Diana Kawarsky, MA, CCP
  • September 15, 2021

soft skills for corporate employees

No matter the position or industry, job hunting can be challenging for even the most qualified candidates. There are certain qualities that employers look for in potential hires, including everything from presentation skills to team building skills.

Get a leg up on the competition and find out what most employers are looking for in their next hire, no matter the industry.

Critical Thinking

Thinking about problems logically and determining the best way to solve them is a desirable soft skill. Employers want team members who can be efficient problem solvers who can act just as effectively.

Communication Skills

Strong verbal communication skills are paramount in any team setting. An advanced skill set and extensive work experience will only get you so far if you lack effective communication skills.

Communication is vital, from relaying what you bring to the table in an interview to displaying your leadership skills when you’re ready for that promotion. Being able to advocate for yourself and connect with others is an integral part of being a well-rounded employee.


Workplaces are constantly changing; people leave, get hired, are promoted, and work cross-functionally. Employers are looking for candidates that can roll with the changes and adapt to the company’s needs. Being flexible in your role and showing that you can adapt to fast-paced and changing environments will make you a desirable hire.

Analytical Skills

Similar to critical thinking, analytical skills enable candidates to understand situations and analyze them from different points of view. One organizational decision can potentially impact multiple parts of the business; employers will want candidates who can understand the different sides of a situation and help gather the information required before coming to a solution.

Management Skills

Part of developing overall leadership skills includes learning management skills and knowing how to manage not just others but yourself as well. Time management is critical, especially when working in a team setting; you don’t want to be the bottleneck on a project. Depending on your position, you may be responsible for junior team members. You’ll need to be able to effectively communicate to manage them as well.

Professional Ethical Skills

Basic professional etiquette may seem like a given to some, but it’s often a quality that candidates aren’t aware of. Simple things like being punctual, getting along with coworkers, and having a professional attitude all fall into the category of professional ethical skills. This skill is often synonymous with a “go-getter” attitude; someone who doesn’t procrastinate the task at hand but instead finishes and moves on to help someone else can be considered to have good professional and work ethics.

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If you’re looking to learn soft skills that will help you move forward in your job search and career, The Soft Skills Group can help. Our soft skills consultants can help prepare you for a successful career path by offering soft skills training online. Whether you’re looking to develop your written skills or work on team development, we have a workshop for you. Contact us today to learn more about how you can develop your management skills in Canada and the U.S..

Diana Kawarsky, MA, CCP

Diana is President of The Soft Skills Group Inc., and a senior training & development professional with over 20 years of experience in delivery, design & consulting with Fortune 500 companies, Universities & Colleges in Canada, USA, Europe, and Asia. Read More