"Top 10" Skills Desired By Hiring Managers, Part 1 - Analytical & Research Skills

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"Top 10" Skills Desired By Hiring Managers, Part 1
Communications Skills
Analytical & Research Skills
Computer & Technical Literacy
Flexibility/Adaptability/Managing
Interpersonal Abilities
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2. Analytical & Research Skills. Your ability to assess a situation, seek multiple perspectives, gather more information if necessary, and identify key issues that need to be addressed are critically important. Since every potential employer, regardless of the profession, is seeking employees who can help them to solve problems the more that you can showcase your abilities in this area will certainly catch their attention.

Here is a suggestion of how you can communicate this on your resume:

• Demonstrated talent for identifying, scrutinizing, improving, and streamlining complex work processes through highly analytical thinking and analysis.

As you progress in the application process it will be important for you to showcase your ability to devise solutions to complex problems. Make sure you have some good “story” examples of how you have done this in previous positions you have held. Your ability to effectively communicate your skills in this area can be directly related to the skill development we discussed in #1 above.

How to increase your analytical & research Skills…

Work on math problems. I know it sounds elementary, but solving math problems (without a calculator) is a good way to kick-start that analytical side of your brain.

Read something difficult. For example, find a how to book at the library that is focused on something you know little or nothing about. Maybe the subject has something to do with computers or maybe horticulture. The subject matter is irrelevant, what is relevant is that you are using your brain to learn something new. You are researching a subject and using your analytical side of your brain to figure out complex problems.