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What skills do employers seek in job candidates?

Bad news! The resumé you’ve been sending around town — you know, the one with buzzwords like “fast learner,” “team player” and “self-starter” — could be hurting your chances of getting a job. Tailoring your resumé to the job is always a priority, but you should also consider the city in which you’re applying. Send out a resumé with those keywords in San Diego, and you may do just fine, but many Phoenix employers say that other attributes are more important to them.

According to a recent study by Apollo Research Institute, the skills employers value most vary from city to city. For example, employers in Phoenix say they’re seeking candidates who are known for meeting deadlines, while employers in Kansas City prioritize candidates with strong interpersonal communication skills. In addition, your critical thinking and problem-solving skills are valuable assets — unless you live in Dallas, where collaboration, adaptability and self-starter skills prevail.

What skills are employers seeking in job candidates?

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Ability to work independently
  • Collaboration/teamwork
  • Ability and willingness to learn new skills
  • Interpersonal communication

San Diego

What's the most important skill to employers?

  • 70% - Ability and willingness to learn new skills

What top three skills are crucial when hiring workers?

  • 42% - Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • 32% - Collaboration/teamwork
  • 25% - Ability to work independently

Is continuing education important to employers?

  • 38% - Very important

Phoenix

What's the most important skill to employers?

  • 77% - Ability to meet deadlines

What top three skills are crucial when hiring workers?

  • 41% - Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • 30% - Ability and willingness to learn new skills
  • 30% - Collaboration/teamwork

Is continuing education important to employers?

  • 40% - Very important

Dallas

What's the most important skill to employers?

  • 72% - Collaboration/teamwork

What top three skills are crucial when hiring workers?

  • 27% - Ability and willingness to learn new skills
  • 27% - Collaboration/teamwork
  • 25% - Ability to work independently

Is continuing education important to employers?

  • 37% - Very important

Kansas City

What's the most important skill to employers?

  • 78% - Interpersonal communication

What top three skills are crucial when hiring workers?

  • 50% - Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • 38% - Collaboration/teamwork
  • 35% - Interpersonal communication

Is continuing education important to employers?

  • 32% - Very important

Nashville

What's the most important skill to employers?

  • 73% - Critical thinking and problem-solving

What top three skills are crucial when hiring workers?

  • 46% - Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • 34% - Collaboration/teamwork
  • 30% - Interpersonal communication

Is continuing education important to employers?

  • 41% - Very important

Miami

What's the most important skill to employers?

  • 76% - Interpersonal communication

What top three skills are crucial when hiring workers?

  • 43% - Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • 34% - Interpersonal communication
  • 22% - Ability and willingness to learn new skills

Is continuing education important to employers?

  • 47% - Very important

Pittsburgh

What's the most important skill to employers?

  • 76% - Ability to work independently

What top three skills are crucial when hiring workers?

  • 36% - Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • 33% - Ability and willingness to learn new skills
  • 29% - Ability to work independently

Is continuing education important to employers?

  • 37% - Very important

Philadelphia

What's the most important skill to employers?

  • 71% - Critical thinking and problem-solving

What top three skills are crucial when hiring workers?

  • 39% - Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • 38% - Collaboration/teamwork
  • 25% - Ability to work independently

Is continuing education important to employers?

  • 39% - Very important

Washington, D.C.

What's the most important skill to employers?

  • 69% - Critical thinking and problem-solving

What top three skills are crucial when hiring workers?

  • 36% - Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • 31% - Collaboration/teamwork
  • 26% - Interpersonal communication

Is continuing education important to employers?

  • 39% - Very important

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