Nowadays, hirers are more willing to search for an applicant who meets the requirements of the employer and will donate all their knowledge and skills to company’s development.
Most job-seekers wish they could unlock the secret formula to win the hearts and minds of employers. What, they wonder, is that unique combination of skills and values that make employers squeal with excitement?
Every employer is looking for a specific set of skills from job-seekers that match the skills necessary to do a particular job. But apart from these job-specific technical skills, certain skills are nearly universally sought for by employers. The good news is that most job-seekers possess these skills to some extent. The better news is that job-seekers weak in these areas can improve their skills through training, professional development, or obtaining coaching/mentoring from someone who understands these skills.
The following list is a sample of skills found in the majority of employer’s requirements.
Communication Skills (aural, verbal, written). Successful communication is crucial in business.
Analytical/Research Skills. Deals with your ability to assess a situation, seek for multiple perspectives, gather more information if necessary, and identify key issues that should be addressed to.
Computer/Technical Literacy. Almost all jobs now require some basic understanding of computer hardware and software, especially word processing, spreadsheets, and email.
Flexibility/Adaptability/Managing Multiple Priorities. Deals with your ability to manage multiple assignments and tasks, set priorities, and adapt to changing conditions and work assignments.
Interpersonal Abilities. The ability to communicate with your co-workers, inspire others to participate, and mitigate conflicts with colleagues is essential taking into account the amount of time spent at work each day.
Leadership/Management Skills. While there is some debate about whether leadership is something people are born with, these skills deal with your ability to take charge and manage your co-workers.
Multicultural Sensitivity/Awareness. Perhaps, there is no a more sensitive issue at a workplace than diversity, and job-seekers must demonstrate tolerance and awareness to other people and cultures.
Planning/Organizing. Deals with your ability to design, plan, organize, and implement projects and tasks within an allotted timeframe. Also involves goal-setting.
Problem-Solving/Reasoning/Creativity. Involves the ability to find solutions to problems using your creativity, reasoning, and previous experience along with the available information and resources.
Teamwork. Because so many jobs involve working in one or more work-groups, you must possess the ability to work with others in a professional manner while attempting to achieve a common goal.
Employability skills and personal values are crucial tools and traits you need to succeed in your workplace -- and these are the elements that you can learn, cultivate, develop, and maintain over your lifetime.