by William Wilkes


There are sixteen attributes sought by employers:

  1. Ability to Communicate:  Do you have the ability to organize your thoughts effectively?  Can you express them clearly when speaking or writing?  Are you persuasive?

  2. Intelligence:  do you have the ability to understand and conduct the job assignment?  Can you learn the specific operation?  Will you be able to contribute original ideas or actions?

  3. Self-Confidence:  Are you mature?  Can you deal positively with situations and people?  Are you secure about your abilities?

  4. Willingness to Accept Responsibilities:  Can you recognize what needs to be done and set about doing it?

  5. Initiative:  Do you have the ability to identify the purpose for the work and to take action?  Can you set goals and objectives?

  6. Flexibility:  Are you capable of changing?  Are you receptive to new ways of doing things, new locations and new people?

  7. Interpersonal Skills:  Can you bring out the best in people so they become effective, enthusiastic members of the work team?

  8. Self-Knowledge:  Can you realistically assess your capabilities?  Can you identify your strengths and weaknesses?  Do you know what skills you bring to a job?

  9. Ability to Handle Conflict:  Can you contend with stress situations and antagonism?  Can you resolve conflict with others without personal attack?  Do you have a practiced approach to conflict resolution?

  10. Competitiveness:  Do you have the willingness to be measured by your performance in relation to others?

  11. Goal Achievement:  Can you identify goals and work towards them?  Are you challenged by goals?

  12. Skills:  Do you have the right combination of education (or training) and skills required for the job you are seeking?  Are your skills up to date?

  13. Direction:  Have you determined your personal values and needs?  Have you reflected on your interests?  Have you determined what type of job or occupation will satisfy these things, plus your skills and goals?

In addition to these attributes, an interviewer may also probe you about your job objective and plans for the future, your past accomplishments, attitudes about the business in which you were employed and why you want to work in such an industry or occupation.


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Blindness Support Services, a nonprofit agency designed to make a difference in the lives of the blind and visually impaired community by promoting independence and increasing quality of life.   The path to independence is achieved through attendance in assorted courses such as adaptive technology, independent living skills, orientation and mobility, and pre-employment training. Securing employment is the final process of achieving independence. 

The Job Club is a resource center, which houses a computer equipped with JAWS for Windows, and the Internet, a closed-circuit television (CCTV), research and study material, phone lines to place calls to employers, a video camera, television and video recorder to show student interviews, and two instructors who provide hands-on individual or group assistance whether it is a ride to an interview or coaching on interview questions. 

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