Employers and organizations seek candidates with the personal skills and qualities essential to successfully interact with others (employer, employee, colleague, client, and vendor) in the workplace and completing responsibilities and tasks well and on time. Skills and qualities further contribute to effective communication with others, enhanced self-expression, and overall management to oneself. It is important for students to not only develop, but also recognize their skills and qualities.

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally, understanding the logical connection between ideas. It is a skill that allows a person to make logical and informed decisions to the best of their ability.

accuracy | adept | analytical | creativity | critical thinking | detail-oriented | efficiency | industriousness | innovative | logical thinking | practical | punctual | rational | resourceful

Problem Solving

Problem solving is a job skill that applies to any position and is associated in every industry.  It is a skill highly sought after by employers as many companies rely on their employees to identify and solve problems.

accuracy | assertive | conflict management | decision making | diplomatic | ethical | humble | influential | insightful | intuitive | listening | patience | perceptive | practical | realistic | reflective | teamwork


Dependability is an important quality for a worker to possess because it enhances a wide variety of job performance categories. With dependability, employers can focus on more important tasks such as growth and development. In return there is a level of trust which provides workers more opportunities for growth.

accountable | adaptability | capable | competence | dynamic | helpfulness | honesty | loyal | punctual | reliable | responsible | teachable | trustworthy


Flexibility on the job includes the willingness and ability to readily respond to changing circumstances and expectations. Streamlined workforces, shifts in technology and a changing market are a few reasons why flexibility is the new norm for many organizations.

accountable | adaptability | capable | competence | dynamic | helpfulness | punctual | reliable | responsible | teachable

Interpersonal Skills

Interpersonal skills often called “people skills or social skills” are used daily when we communicate and interact with other people. It is a measurement of how adept a persons interacts with others. In the workplace, strong interpersonal skills enables an employee to talk to and work with all types of people, including managers, coworkers, and customers.

articulate | attentiveness | collaborative | conscientiousness | considerate | empathy | encouraging | inclusive | leadership | professional | respectful | sense of humor | sincere | sociable | teaching | training | understanding


Motivation is important in the work environment.  Source of motivation can be internal and external. Motivational skills helps get task done effectively and on scheduled time. It is the force that drives people to do things, feel accomplished to desired interest and goals.

ambition | alertness | amiability | confidence | dedication | dependability | determination | energy | enterprising | hardworking | independent | life skills | optimism | passion | positive  | productive  resilience | strong work ethic | visionary