Personal Attributes

By Brad Whelpton

Specific Skills

Health and safety - Messing about in a workplace especially in a construction environment could lead to a co worker getting hurt.

Working attitudes - Having a good attitude for work is important. If you show up with a bad attitude not wanting to converse or do the work set for you is going to get you fired on the spot.

Knowledge - Knowing about the job you have applied for is necessary. If you have applied for a job you know nothing about you wont know how to do anything there and your employment wont last long

General Attributes.

Planning skills - Knowing how to plan ahead will help you get all the work done on time instead of turning in all you work late.

Organizational skills - Knowing how to organize will be really helpful when it comes you and other people reading you work. If its not organized well it will be hard to read

Time management - Knowing what things to do at what time will also help you get work in on time and not being the one to turn it in late.

Team work - Sometimes working in a team is very important. You can get the work done faster if you are working in a group of people and if you cant do it correctly you can drag your team down aswell

Verbal skills - Listening, Talking and Non verbal skills are required when doing work. If not you will not be able to communicate effectively

Writing skills - If you a hand writing a report it is important that people understand your writing if not no one will be able to read it and you may have to re write it


Determined - Be determined to be the best and get the work done or else you wont get anywhere in your new job.

Independent - Be able to work by yourself without having to call upon the aid of others in the workplace

Tolerance - If your tolerance level is low within the workplace you will find yourself shouting constantly and your job will be out the window

Dependable - People in the workplace will depend on you to get your part of the work done. If not there will be consequences.

Problem solving - In the workplace you may be asked to solve a lot of problems and issues. If you cant this will hinder your ability to work.

Leadership - You must be able to take control and lead a team of people within the workplace. If you are not a good leader work will not be completed.

Confidence - You must be confident that you will be able to do work or no work will be completed.

Motivation - You must be motivated to go to work and complete all the work given to you everyday

Communication Skills

Listening - to be a good communicator you have to listen to the other person. Pay close attention to what the other person is saying, Ask questions, and repeat what the person is saying to sow that you understand. This is active listening. By doing this you can understand and respond appropriately

Nonverbal Communication - Looking relaxed with make you seem approachable to over people. Eye contact is very important, this will show that you are focused on them and not be distracted by someone else.

Voice - Using a friendly tone of voice will make you more approachable aswell. If people here you shouting at the top of your lungs or if you sound angry people will be reluctant to converse with you

Interpersonal Skills

Verbal exchange - You must be able to have simple conversations with people around the workplace to communicate with people and get work done.

Signing - Some people may not be able to speak or understand you normally so signing will be an effective way to communicate with them people.

Lip reading - With people who can not speak you may be able to understand them by reading there lips.

Body language - Looking calm and relaxed will make you seem to be more approachable people.

Positive and negative language - Using negative language around the workplace will make people want to avoid you so use positive language always

Communicate in writing

When writing a letter in the workplace you must use correct grammar and spelling always.

Emoticons are not allowed in a formal piece of work.

Always check that what your writing is relevant.

Always proof read the final product for errors.

Communication barriers

Background noise from the workplace and people around you can stop you from communication with someone.

Distractions such as people moving about could stop you from communicating

Physical barriers?

Location could stop you from communicating such as being in the middle of a really noisy town or busy workplace.

Lack of concentration disrupts the conversation when your or the other party starts messing about with objects arounds them or starts day dreaming