Finding a job can be a hassle. Especially if you have no idea what the employers want to see in the chosen one they will hire, and even harder if you have little to no work experience. However don’t freak out, you have the skills, you just don’t know you do. With a little reading and a bit effort you can portray yourself perfectly in front of your employers, impress them, and hopefully get the job.
So what are employers looking for? What skills are an asset to have?
- Communication – being a good talker or a good writer. You need to be confident about speaking to people whether that’s face-to-face or over the phone. It also involves writing well and clear enough for others to be able to understand you in emails and memos.
- Teamwork – being good at working with people, both with your colleagues and the people that come into contact with where you work, such as customers.
- Problem solving – being able to calmly tackle issues and come up with solutions that make everyone happy.
- Initiative and enterprise – being creative in the way you work, and make positive improvements in the way things work at your workplace.
- Planning and organizing – understanding what is required of you to get tasks done, and then executing in an organized, and orderly manner. It can also be getting things in before the deadline, being punctual, and not procrastinating.
- Self-management – being able to control yourself in whatever situations you find yourself in, and also being able to do your work on your own, without anyone’s assistance.
- Learning – grasping new skills at a regular basis is an amazing skill to have, the faster you learn and understand things, the better you will be able to about being able to take on new tasks and to adapt when the things change.
- Technology – being able to use a computer for word processing, sending emails, knowing how to use photocopiers, social media, cash registers, etc.
Then there are hard and soft skills. Hard skills are the tangible and technical skills easily demonstrated by a persons qualifications and specific professional experiences, they’re more directly connected to the specific job you’re applying for. And soft skills are what employers seek from employees and are more intangible and non-technical abilities, they are personal attributes you need to succeed in the workplace. It doesn’t matter what job you’re applying for, you need at least some soft skills.
Today, most employers are looking for a specific set of skills in their employees, and don’t consider people if they miss some of them. According to the University of Kent, the top ten skills employers want are:
- Verbal Communication
- Commercial Awareness
- Analyzing and Investigating
- Initiative/ Self-Motivation
- Written Communication
- Planning and Organizing
And if you’re worried about what skills will be more important to employers in the next 5-10 years, most employers believe that since technology is advancing, higher skills with technology is a must in potential employees. Also communication, digital fluency, critical thinking, creativity, financial fluency, teamwork, problem solving and presentation skills will be of high demand in the near future. Skills obviously change as time change, so if you wish to have a heads up on what could make you shine brighter than other candidates in front of employers, you know what to work on.