By Guest Columnist Marisa Santoro

In a study conducted in the US and Europe, interviewing senior managers across a variety of industries were asked what they valued most in potential employees.

So, when ‘out there’ networking in the job market, or looking for a new position internally, keep in mind the following sought-after qualities, which were flagged up by hiring managers. Note that technical acumen ranked last:

1. Leadership Ability

2. Communication Skills 

3. Personal Charisma / Persuasiveness

4. Functional Experience

5. Industry Experience

6. Being Goal Oriented

7. Having Patience

8. Having a Sense of Urgency

9. Possessing Technical Acumen

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