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TalentEgg is Canada’s career hub for students and new graduates that are looking for meaningful student jobs, entry level jobs, summer jobs and internships, and co-op job opportunities.

Job skills that will lead to success in 2014

Many employers look for a common set of skills and want to see proof that you have these skills.

Always study the job description carefully and note the specific skills required. This lets you know exactly what the employer will be looking for in your resumé and application.

Trying to match an employer’s expectations can be daunting, but you’ve likely developed these skills through past work experience or volunteering.

Here’s a quick guide to the most common skills employers look for and examples of how to showcase these skills on your resumé:

Communication

This is a skill every employer values. Communication includes three different categories: verbal, listening, and written.

You will need communication skills in order to listen effectively to your boss, co-workers or clients; communicate and facilitate discussions effectively with your team; prepare and deliver presentations; write work reports and more.

Sample point showcasing this skill: Excellent communication skills developed through experience in retail, customer service, telemarketing, front desk reception, journalism and so on.

Computer skills

Most jobs require you to have a basic understanding of computer programs such as Excel and Microsoft Office, as well as skills in Internet navigation, social media sites and email systems.

Sample point showcasing this skill: Proficient computer literacy proven through work experience in front-desk IT, software programming and applications, spreadsheet tabulations, social media coordination, etc.

Research skills

This skill refers to your ability to think critically, analyze situations from multiple viewpoints and research matters to define key issues.

Sample point showcasing this skill: Highly critical thinker with effective researching skills proven through work experience  in or as a research assistant, resource developer, conflict resolution, project management, etc.

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