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Unusual Skills Worth Recruiting For

While most recruiters are looking for people who possess certain computer skills and other technical abilities, there are a few traits worth recruiting for that you may not have thought of. Sure, hard skills are essential for an employee’s success, but there are other traits that can help to ensure that this individual blends into their new company seamlessly. They include:


Sometimes in business unpredictable situations arise. The right employee will be able to think on their feet and adjust their plans according to the situation that is unfolding in front of them. It shouldn’t matter whether it was discussed in employee training or whether it’s part of their job description, they’ll be able to handle whatever comes their way in a professional manner.


It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, you need your employees to have a sense of resilience as they go about their business. If they are easily discouraged, it will make it hard for them to stay productive and stay positive. You can’t teach someone resilience, so it’s important to seek out a new hire who already has this trait.

A sense of belonging to something greater

Employees who only look out for their own projects and interests at work can become dangerous to the overall morale and health of the business. The best companies are those where employees genuinely care about their colleagues, and work toward the greater goals of the company. While a sense of personal pride is valuable, the employee should understand that they are part of a team that is bigger than just one person.

The ability to let others shine

Employees who try to steal others’ ideas, dominate meetings, and earn attention from higher-ups can become detrimental to the office as a whole. While everyone wants to be praised for their efforts occasionally, the team member who is always trying to steal everyone else’s thunder is a dangerous person to have on board. Seek out a team member who has no problem giving others credit when it is due.

While you need your employees to have the computer skills and the knowledge base to excel, there are some traits that simply can’t be taught. These traits can help an employee to become a positive and valuable part of that workplace community.

Lauren Levine

Lauren Levine is a copywriter/blogger who contributes to a number of magazines and websites including The Frisky, USA Today, and others. She also authors her own blog called Life with Lauren. She loves cooking, anything on the E! network, and is trying to convince herself that running isn't so bad.