Attributes Valued by Employers

By Marley Dabb

Personal Attributes Valued by Employers

Specific Skills

Specific skills are skills that are required to get a specific job.

This includes job specific skills, for example if you were to apply for an IT programming related job you would be expected to have knowledge in the programming language used, how to use a computer and the basic knowledge of computer hardware. Specific skills are something you have to learn and do so by going to school, college, university or by practicing/researching on your own.

Other specific skills include

Technical Knowledge - It is important to have knowledge is all the different aspects of your job.

Health & Safety - Employers want people to be aware of the health and safety rules that apply to ensure that no accidents will happen.

Working Attitudes - Employers expect you to have a good attitude so that they can enjoy your company and not have any issues with other people in the work place.

General Attributes

General Attributes are what most employers expect employees to have by default. This includes time management (being able to meet deadlines, arrive on time), organisation skills (organised and prepared), team work (able to work well with others), communication skills (able to communicate effectively with co-workers), planning skills, and creativity.

Employers require these attributes so that you will work as efficiently as you possibly can. Not having some of these skills could cause very unorganized desks, arriving late and missing meetings, and falling behind on work.

Having a lot of general attributes will allow you work very efficiently which is what all employers are looking for.


Your attitude is more about you as a person such as being determined, independent, leadership and being confident. In order to get a job employers will seek someone who has the correct attitude. They won't be looking for people who are not motivated and are always expecting to fail.

Tolerance - When getting a job you may work with someone who you don't mix well with so it is important to not express personal opinions.

Leadership - In work places being a leader is important depending on your role and employers are always looking for someone with the attitude of a leader so that other people in the work place have somebody to look up to and to follow as an example.

Self Motivation - Motivation is very important as it ensures that you're always aiming to succeed and never wanting to give up.

Effective Communication

General Communication Skills

Communicating efficiently is very important in work places and is something employers are always expecting of an employee. This includes being able to adapt your voice correctly for the way your communicating, for example if you're doing a presentation you need to speak formally, loud, and clear so that the people spectating will be able to fully understand what you're saying in a professional manner.

In addition, knowing cultural differences is also important as in work places you may be working with people with different nationalities where some gestures you do or things you say can be seen as very offensive.

Showing interest when communicating is also a key thing employers are looking for, stuff such as asking and answering questions shows that you are interested in what's being said and are wanting to learn more about the situation.

Interpersonal Skills

Interpersonal skills are what we use to communication with people effectively whether that is with a one to one conversation or communication in a group. Employers are looking for people with strong interpersonal skills so they are able to communication effectively with the people they are working with and so that they can exceed at working as a team.


Listening - Being able to listen to other peoples ideas without interrupting them allows for efficient team work as everyone will be able to input their ideas/opinions.

Body language - This will enable you to get your point across in a much better way and will help catch the attention of the people you're communicating with. Positive and negative body language will help show people how you're feeling so they know your current mood.

Problem solving - Being able to work with other people to solve and identify problems without causing issues among yourselves will help for better team work.

Negotiating - Negotiating with other people to come to a final result without any bickering will enable you to come to a conclusion much quicker.

Written Communication

Being able to communicate correctly and efficiently in writing is important as things such as emailing, twitter, and texting are becoming a part of every day life for most people. When writing emails to companies you want to write in a formal manner with the correct grammar to ensure that your email is as professional as it can be. Furthermore, proof reading is also a key thing as it will help weed out any of the mistakes you made or even help you improve on certain sentences.

When just texting to friends you will mostly use informal language and use internet slang to help communicate faster and in most cases to show you're not serious.

Being able to express how you're feeling can be done with simple emoticons such as smiley faces or sad faces.

Taking notes when talking to people can help you to remember key parts of what was said. It will allow you to bring up counter points if you're having a debate or will allow you to just remember things that you believe you will need later on.

In conclusion, writing effectively is very important and a lot of jobs require it such as journalism, working on social media for companies and writing emails to other companies for business inquiries to show that you're professional.

Barriers to Effective Communication

Background Noise

Background noise can be a problem when communicating as it can distract people or make them unable to hear you. An example of this would be doing a presentation in a room and in the room next door there was construction work happening, there would be a lot of noise and will make people unable to hear you so it is important to ensure that you pick somewhere suitable.


People continuously walking in and out of the room or phones going off will cause people to lose interest as they will constantly be getting distracted by what is happening in the room. This is mainly an issue when presenting so to prevent this it is best to ask the audience to have phones switched off and to avoid walking out unless urgent cause.

Physical Barriers

Physical barriers can include, bad lighting (lights flickering or shining too bright), technology not working properly (projectors or screen to display presentation may have issues), microphone not working as it should.

To prevent these from happening you should be sure to check that everything is working as it should way before the presentation even starts so that you can be sure everything's working or to replace something that isn't.


Choosing an appropriate location is very important as if you choose somewhere close to a construction site the noise may interfere with how you communicate. In addition, the place you choose could simply be too small for what you're wanting to do and may not hold enough people or be too big for your audience size.

To prevent this you could see the location for yourself before booking it so that you can be sure it is suitable for your needs.

Lack of Concentration

Not being concentrated may cause you to become distracted easily and forget what you're supposed to say. This can also be a problem when just talking to friends as you may not show interest.

To prevent this do research on what is going to be discussed so you have a better understanding and are able to join in on the conversations more effectively.

False Expectations

Having the incorrect expectations of how something will turn out may cause you to jump to incorrect conclusions so it is always best to have the full idea of what is happening in order to prevent this and to not get ahead of yourself.

To prevent this listen to what is fully being said before jumping to any conclusions.

Different Accents

Sometimes peoples different accents can be very difficult to understand causing you to misinterpret what they are saying and talking about something else.

To prevent this, if you know you're going to be talking to someone with a different nationality that can be hard to understand try listen to some people talking on videos with the same accent to see if you can get a grasp of it. Or you can politely ask the person you're talking to to try speak more clearly.