Transferable Skills in Employee Selection

Top Twelve Transferable Skills that Employers Look for in an Employee

National Association of Colleges and Employers, Fall 2004

1. Interpersonal Skills: 94% of employers consider this as an important quality in a candidate.

Communicating and dealing well with others, whether in informal social situations or more formal situations. Being aware of the social dynamics of a situation and responding appropriately.

2. Knowledge: 89% of employers consider this as an important quality in a candidate.

Mastery of facts ideas and theories and how they inter-relate, and the relevant contexts in which knowledge is developed and applied. Grades or GPA can indicate, but do not guarantee success.

3. Leadership: 88% of employers consider this as an important quality in a candidate.

Demonstrating skills in a group, such as motivating others, coordinating groups and tasks, serving as a representative for the group, or otherwise performing a managing role in a group.

4. Ethics and Integrity: 83% of employers consider this as an important quality in a candidate.

Having a well-developed set of values and behaving in ways consistent with those values. In everyday life, this means being honest and having respect for others.

5. Adaptability and Life Skills

Adapting to a changing environment, dealing well with gradual or sudden and expected or unexpected changes. Being effective in planning one's everyday activities and dealing with problems and challenges in life.

6. Perseverance

Committing to goals and priorities regardless of difficulties that stand in the way. Goals range from short-term (showing up on time everyday) to long-term (completing major projects on time).

7. Continuous Learning

Being intellectually curious and interested in continuous learning; actively seeking new ideas and new skills, both in core career areas and in peripheral or novel areas.

8. Career Orientation

Having a clear sense of the career one aspires to enter. This includes establishing, prioritizing and following general and specific career-related goals.

9. Multicultural Tolerance

Showing openess, tolerance and interest in a diversity of individuals (by culture, ethnicity, or gender). Actively participating in, contributing to, and influencing a multicultural environment.

10. Social Responsibility

Being responsible to society and the community, and demonstrating good citizenship. Being actively involved in the events in one's surrounding community

11. Health

Possessing the physical and psychological health required to engage actively in the work environment. This includes participating in healthy behaviors, such as eating properly, exercising regularly, and maintaining healthy personal and professional relations with others reflected through productive coping behaviors.

12. Artistic Appreciation

Appreciating art and culture, either at an expert level or simply at the level of one who is interested.