Here are the Top 10 attributes that employers seek. What are YOUR top 3?

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Communication skills (written)
  • Leadership
  • Strong work ethic
  • Analytical/quantitative skills
  • Communication skills (verbal)
  • Initiative
  • Detail-oriented
  • Flexibility/adaptability

Reflect on your experience and think of examples that demonstrate these attributes and skills. Consider how you might articulate them on a resume or cover letter.


Here’s the full list of 20 Key Attributes, plus 12 other influential attributes.

Your Puget Sound liberal arts education helps develop many of these attributes. That’s why a wide range of organizations recruit students with liberal arts degrees, regardless of major.

Become familiar with your own top attributes and skills. Practice talking about situations where you successfully put them to use. Come interview time, you’ll be better equipped to describe your qualities to employers.

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” Take a moment to reflect on your experiences. Watch for patterns and clues to what drives you. How do you want your future to look?

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