This is a nice article for those looking to update their skills sets for today’s economy.  Based on the survey results from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), ten specific skills can be improved to show growth and relevance.

  • Ability to work in a team structure
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems (tie)
  • Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to obtain and process information
  • Ability to analyze quantitative data
  • Technical knowledge related to the job
  • Proficiency with computer software programs
  • Ability to create and/or edit written reports
  • Ability to sell and influence others

Since most survey respondents (71%) prefer these skills, it’s important to focus on these areas even if you not currently job seeking.  Improving our ability to understand and analyze data is clearly important.  To improve soft skills, focus on team settings and areas you improved during your career.

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Gary Kapanowski – Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – Excelsior

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