Great hiring managers know that education and job-related skills are not necessarily the most important factors when hiring.  Engineers, medical professionals, or lawyers obviously need to have the proper training and certifications. However, when it comes to the construction industry, there may be other skills that are more desirable to a potential employer. Knowing and highlighting these attributes are what can bring your resume to the top of the pile.

Communication – While this may seem obvious, many managers report that their team members lack the ability to effectively communicate. Hiring managers are seeking talent that can demonstrate clear communication in one-on-one and team settings, as well as through email, on the phone, and on social media.

Creative thinking – Hiring managers are looking not only for doers, but thinkers. While they are confident that a new hire will be able to do the job, they really desire someone who can think of ways to do the job better. The most attractive candidates are those who constantly seek new solutions to everyday problems.  For example, those who aim to make a work process more efficient or seek ways to provide additional value to the organization and their customers.

Flexibility – Many companies have a formal chain of command in their organization while still creating a team mentality. The best leaders are not afraid to jump in and help their staff if the need arises. Managers who lead by example are drawn to talented team members who are confident, flexible and humble.

Adaptability – Being willing and able to adapt to the needs of the team and organization is quite possibility the most desirable skill a job applicant can have. Hiring managers are always looking for someone who is eager to step out of their comfort zone and learn a new skill or technique to better themselves and their work product.

When networking or updating your online presence, it is important to demonstrate that you possess these highly sought-after skills. Doing so will show hiring managers that you not only have the education and professional background, but that you also have the skills and drive that will help their organization reach the next level.


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