News: 10 Must-Have Skills and Must-Read Books for Today’s Worker By Hannah Morgan
Lots of good advice and pointers to additional material in this article from US News and World Report. For me, the most important messages are the need for self-motivated entrepreneurship and self-leadership in any worker today. You need to feel that your work has a bigger purpose and bigger rewards than simply paying the bills. I personally believe that the only way to do “great” work is to have an intrinsic love for that work. Otherwise you work will be only “good” and perhaps just passable.
What do employers’ value? What are they really looking for? According to Natasha Dalzell-Martinez, a research director with Apollo Group, parent company of University of Phoenix, these are the top 10 qualities employers seek today. As a job seeker, employee, and/or a business of one, you will want to develop and promote these qualities in terms that are quantifiable and meaningful to your future or current boss. Try developing these qualities by picking up the books mentioned.