"Top 10" Skills Desired By Hiring Managers, Part 1 - Flexibility/Adaptability/Managing

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"Top 10" Skills Desired By Hiring Managers, Part 1
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4. Flexibility/Adaptability/Managing Multiple Priorities. Or in other words… MULTI-TASKING! Society today demands proficiency in this area. Your ability to manage multiple assignments and tasks, set priorities, and adapt to changing conditions and work assignments are absolutely critical. This skill is difficult to articulate at times because it has become so much of a part of our everyday life. But articulate it you must if you are going to secure the position you want.

Sample bullet point describing this skill:

• Flexible team player who thrives in environments requiring ability to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects.

My suggestion is to highlight not only that you are an effective multi-tasker, but that you also thrive in an environment of change. I know you have all heard the old saying “There are only two certainties in life…death and taxes”, well you might as well add one more certainty… CHANGE. Make sure that you have stories for the interview that focus on your ability to effectively adapt to a changing environment and also be able to discuss situations in which you initiated change.

In order to increase you abilities in this area you really need to take a hard look at yourself and how you handle yourself under the pressure of multi-tasking. Be sure that you have very detailed examples and can communicate them effectively to a potential employer. Remember to focus on the positives of the situations you discuss.