Getting a job is not easy, but it’s far easier when you know what to do to get it. That makes you stand out. It puts you ahead of everyone else, and boosts your chances of getting hired.
Employers want special and irregular people to work for them, because these are the only set of people who can take their business in the right direction.
Now, let’s cut straight to the chase. What do employers want in their potential recruits?
By far, the one skill mentioned most often by employers is the ability to listen, write, and speak effectively. Successful communication is critical in business.
This is about your ability to assess a situation, seek multiple perspectives, gather more information if necessary, and identify key issues that need to be addressed.
Almost all jobs now require some basic understanding of computer hardware and software, especially word processing, spreadsheets, and email.
The ability to relate to your co-workers, inspire others to participate and mitigate conflict with co-workers is essential given the amount of time spent at work each day.
GOOD LEADERSHIP AND 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.
This criterion is about your ability to design, plan, organise and implement projects and tasks within an allotted timeframe. Also involves goal-setting.
CREATIVITY /ABILITY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS
This involves the ability to find solutions to problems using your creativity, reasoning, and past experiences along with the available information and resources.
Because so many jobs involve working in one or more work-groups, you must have the ability to work with others in a professional manner while attempting to achieve a common goal.
HONESTY AND INTEGRITY
Employers probably respect personal integrity more than any other value, especially in light of the many recent corporate scandals.
How open are you to new ideas and concepts? Or to working independently or as part of a team, and to carrying out multiple tasks or projects? This is also important.
DEDICATION AND HARD WORK
Employers seek job-seekers who love what they do and will keep at it until they solve the problem and get the job done.
This means acting in a responsible and fair manner in all your personal and work activities, which is seen as a sign of maturity and self-confidence; avoid being petty.
Look at it this way: if you don’t believe in yourself, in your unique mix of skills, education, and abilities, why should a prospective employer? Be confident in yourself and what you can offer employers.
SELF-MOTIVATION (ABILITY TO WORK WITH LITTLE OR NO SUPERVISION)
While teamwork is always mentioned as an important skill, so is the ability to work independently, with minimal supervision.
WILLINGNESS TO LEARN
No matter what your age, no matter how much experience you have, you should always be willing to learn a new skill or technique. Jobs are constantly changing and evolving, and you must show an openness to grow and learn with that change.