Standing out from the competition

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For job seekers with similar job-specific skills and experience, there is a very real need to stand out. One of the best ways to do this is by emphasizing your professional attributes.

These are traits indicative of how you will perform in the workplace, and employers evaluate them closely. Knowing the professional attributes that employers value most allows you to position yourself better against the competition.

We analyzed millions of job postings in Indeed’s index from January 1st through June 30th, 2010, and extracted the most commonly occurring professional attributes.

The professional attributes found most frequently in job postings are:

To set yourself apart, be sure to highlight examples of your strongest professional attributes whenever possible – while networking, on resumes, and during interviews.