More Personal Job Skills
The second skill that employers desire is an ability to create strong relationships with colleagues and clients. This goes way beyond being a "team player." It's less about being the nice guy in the office and more about pulling in the big accounts with your ability to win clients over. In the past, have you done exactly that - won clients over? If so, don't hesitate to list this on a resume or discuss it in a job interview.
The next skill is to be qualified for the job. A very simple, but true concept. Employers are often frustrated with job searches because they find candidates applying with zero experience. According to CareerBuilder, as quoted in an article published by CNN, 47 percent of employers cite unqualified candidates as their biggest hiring challenge. And employers are now looking for an expertise. They crave a qualified employee who will bring a unique expertise to the company and teach other colleagues. For instance, if you work in publishing, perhaps you have an expertise of working in digital publishing. List that you are an expert on your resume (be truthful, don't lie if you're not) and explain that you understand publishing company X is moving to digital and you would love to share your expertise with the team.
The last big skill is presentation. You want to be able to discuss ideas in detail and clearly, using the appropriate terminology for the job and field. Make sure you are engaging and really draw in others around you. Charisma is usually innate, but you can work on it. Speak with perfect grammar and speak clearly with confidence (no mumbling) in a professional manner (no slang or swearing). Potential employers are looking for someone to wow them, hence wowing future clients.
Now you know of four important skills needed for the contemporary job market. Take what you've learned and apply it to the next informational meeting or interview or on your resume. Show what makes you great and potential employers will see it as well.