Upgrade Your Job Skills

Published on April 14, 2010 by

"The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance."
--Benjamin Franklin

Some experts believe there are only two ways to gain self-confidence: 1) achieve success and 2) learn new skills.

What is a skill? As defined in Oxford English Dictionary, “The ability to do something well; a particular ability.” Everybody has skills!

But on what skills should you concentrate?

If you are not computer literate, you must become so.

Other job skills include:

  • Interpersonal
  • Oral and written communication
  • Listening
  • Teamwork
  • Persuasion
  • Assertiveness
  • Organizing & planning
  • Time management
  • Problem solving & reasoning
  • Leadership & management

I recall an interview where the manager said what most interested him was whether or not the job applicant could “fit in.” More than the applicant’s GPA, choice of college, or high tech skills. This particular manager wanted someone with strong interpersonal skills and habits above all else.

Also, employers look for these attributes:

  • Honesty & integrity
  • Hard-Working
  • Professionalism
  • Positive attitude
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Willingness to learn
  • Adaptability

Lifelong learning is no longer a choice; it is a necessity. Do volunteer work as this will keep you in touch with your skills and strengths. Temporary or part-time work is another option to sharpen your skills.

Want to learn more about this career tip?


Association of College Employers (NACE)


Psych Web (skills employers seek)