Five skills employers love

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by FiveHive Community member Sharon

Polishing up your resume to re-enter the workforce after a break? How do you explain away those days, months and years of child rearing, house running and keeping the family functioning?

Surprise yourself with this list of 5 capabilities you have been honing, probably without even knowing it.

  • Time management – Shuffling priorities and managing a busy family schedule is one of the hardest balancing acts to do. It takes focus and flexibility – both excellent attributes for managing any workplace issue.
  • Listening – From a young child mastering language through to a health professional explaining a complex situation to you, listening skills are essential. Many people are good talkers but few are good listeners.
  • Negotiation – Working out what to give up, take out, keep in or never let go of, is part and parcel of raising children. Add in perseverance and choosing your timing wisely and your deal making skills are complete.
  • Team-work – It takes many to raise a family – relatives, friends, friends of friends, sometimes neighbours and community support. Working out who plays what role and keeping everyone humming is a huge team effort and you are at the centre of it.
  • Positive approach – Sometimes it is not the actual skills that you have on offer (these can be developed with training) but the way you go about your business that matters. If you are honest, reliable and positive in your approach to issues, you are valuable.

The good news is that many employers are looking for these sorts of skills. Any others you would like to add to the list?