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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Soft Skills: Traits Employers Want

skills & traits employers wantIn a job market where there is competition for every opening, employers are looking for more than education and experience. They are also considering an employee’s soft skills: traits that make an individual a growing asset to the company.

Traits Valued by Employers 
Employers are looking for staff members who not only have a particular set of job-related skills, but who also add value with their adaptability, problem-solving, leadership, and follow-through abilities.

It’s not surprising, then, that an employer attributes special value to team members who are:

• Hard working self-starters
• Positive & confident
• Flexible & able to multi-task
• Team players
• Organized
• Able to handle pressure
• Good communicators
• Dependable & teachable
• Leaders & visionaries

Recovery Lessons Could Help You Land a Job
These traits that are valued by employers are also the very traits that recovery programs are designed to instill in recovering addicts. Substance abuse is often rooted in insecurity, an inability to handle pressure, and isolation. Recovery lessons help individuals learn to:

• Develop healthy relationships
• Set & observe personal boundaries
• Use anxiety relief techniques
• Speak openly & respectfully with peers
• Work as a member of a team
• Activate self-discipline
• Develop inner strength
• Be accountable

Deciding to enter rehab and then continuing to live in recovery should demonstrate to you and to others that you have determination and follow-through abilities, self-discipline, and purpose.

Tell Your Story
Letting a potential employer know your soft skills is sometimes a challenge. Some hiring managers suggest that you tell your story—in other words, use an example to illustrate a trait. Overcoming addiction and achieving recovery is an accomplishment to be proud of, and could be the perfect vehicle to let an employer know your soft-skill strengths.

Opportunities of a Sober Life
Hope Academy offers a different kind of recovery experience for young people ages 18-26. Treatment is coupled with peer-based support and interaction that helps you grow as an individual and make a lasting change in your life. With career coaching and opportunities to restart your education, a new world of possibilities opens up for you. You’ll become part of a community of sober young adults who have the skills to pursue a purposeful life. Call 866-930-4673 now to learn more about Hope Academy and the possibilities our program offers you.

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