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Anything that sets you apart in a field of qualified contenders is helpful.

So, in a sea of job applicants—especially when they’re vying for that plum job you’re angling for—what skills will make waves with hiring managers?

In her piece for Monster, Sally Buffalo asserts: “These are the 9 skills that would make any hiring manager happy.”

Here is a sampling of the skills included, along with her explanation and our elaboration:

Critical thinking

Managers are busy, and many would prefer not to get involved with a problem if it can be remedied without them. Making an executive decision—after careful analysis, of course—will help you gain your leaders’ respect.

Buffalo states:

Critical thinking is the ability to make good decisions, and take appropriate action to solve problems. All employers everywhere value this ability, which also encompasses analytical skills like gathering and evaluating information.


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