Job Skills Guides



Skills Employers Want

Make sure you have the skills employers want! 

Academic skills, technical skills, and workplace "soft" skills provide a solid base for getting into a career. When you are searching for a job, it is important to recognize the skills that you have and include them in your resume and interview. Use those skills to show you are qualified for the job.

To succeed in the workplace, it is important to continue to enhance your skills. You can gain those skills through experience and training. Often, employers provide you with additional technical training. However, it is up to you to demonstrate that you have soft skills such as a good work ethic and a great attitude.

Essential Skills Framework Graphic transparent.pngYou will notice some of the skills below have the Illinois Essential Employability Skills Framework Icons. The Illinois Essential Employability Skills Framework was designed to define and clarify the essential employability skills and provide a standard for the state. Essential employability skills are those general skills that are required to be successful in all sectors of the labor market and are separate form the technical and academic skills. Check out the skills below to hear what employers have to say about those skills below.