Thursday, November 20, 2014

Just be right there when the whistle blows (The Rolling Stones)

Forbes recently published this list of the 10 skills employers say they seek, in order of importance. 

I love this list!! Yeah, okay, I know - I love lists but these kinds of things I especially love.

Amazingly, it comes from a survey conducted in America by The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) a Bethlehem, PA, a non-profit group.

It asked hiring managers what skills they plan to prioritize when they recruit from the class of 2015 at colleges and graduate schools. It gave each a rating on a 5-point scale, where 5 was extremely important, 4 was very important, 3 was somewhat important, etc. 

This is how it washed up as a priority list:

1. Ability to work in a team structure
2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems (tie)
3. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
4. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
5. Ability to obtain and process information
6. Ability to analyze quantitative data
7. Technical knowledge related to the job
8. Proficiency with computer software programs
9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports
10. Ability to sell and influence others

The good news: No matter what you have studied in school, whether economics, English, French or computer science, you will have had to learn the top five skills on the list.

The other good news: the Velocity boys are again vindicated! Check their seven new laws again - 

  • Evolve immediately
  • Intuition is rewarded
  • Make meaningful connections
  • Craftsmanship takes perseverance and discipline
  • Respect human nature
  • Be a leader, be decisive
  • Always play from your heart

Overlay those laws with the Forbes list and I think we've got a winning combination. 

So - let's sway, under the moonlight, the serious moonlight.

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