Personal Attributes

What do employers look for ?

Attributes that are valued by employers and what they want from you !


Specific attributes are job related and what the employer wants from you. Specific skills employers look for are technical knowledge, health and safety ,working attitudes and security.


General attributes are the skills you have and the skills needed. General attributes employers look for are planning skills, organisational skills, time management, team working, verbal skills, written communication skills, numeracy and creativity.


Attitudes are the way you act and behave. Attitudes employers look for are determination, in-dependency, tolerance, dependable, problem-solving, leadership, confidence and motivation.

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Effective Communication Skills

Communication is the exchanging of information between people via speaking or writing.

General communication skills employers look for are cultural differences, adapting your voice and terminology, use of technology to engage an audience and question and answering.


Interpersonal communication is the way you share your information through feelings,meaning through verbal and non verbal messages.. E.g how loud you speak during a presentation. Interpersonal skills employers look for are verbal exchanges, signing, lip reading, body language, use of intonation, positive and negative language, active engagement.



Written communication is the ability to write clearly to express yourself and your feelings. Writing skills employers look for are the use of emotions, letters,emails, spelling and grammar, relevance, proofreading and note taking.

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Barriers to effective communication

Background noise is the sound from around you and it can interrupt the person who is speaking and it can distract the audience from listening.

If background noise isn't prevented then the speaker or audiences attention will be taken away from the task given to them.

Background noise can be prevented by turning off all computers , meeting rooms can be sound proofed and signs can be put outside a meeting room to show others that they need to be quiet.


Distractions are things that take the speakers or audiences attention away from the task they are doing.

If distractions are not prevented then the speaker or audiences attention will be taken away from the task given to them.

Distractions can be prevented by turning off phones , moving away from the distractions and following structures or plans.


Physical barriers are things that stop a person from doing a task.

E.g the use of jargon , emotional barriers , lack of interest or attention , physical disabilities , language differences and cultural differences.

Physical barriers can be overcome by using simple clear words, reducing noise levels , listening , body language , simple organisational structure and using interpreters.


Lack of concentration is when people do not focus on a task.

Lack of concentration can be prevented by turning of phones, avoiding big long business meetings and having breaks.