The Skills Employers Look ForMonday, 7 December 2015
Each job usually has a set of skills that are required in order to do it, but there are also skills that will serve you well no matter what type of job you're doing. This article will talk about ten skills that every employer looks for.
Communication skills are essential in every job, and this is why you see them mentioned in nearly all jobs ads. These skills are important because they involve the ability to listen, write, and speak effectively with customers and other employees. This involves more than just speaking the same language, but also being able to get your point across in terms other person can understand.
Teamwork skills are also essential in almost every job because you will usually be working alongside other people. They involve working with others to achieve a common goal or task. If people can't trust that you'll do the work you're given, productivity may slow down or even stop. This is why it's important to know how to cooperate with others.
Computer literacy is very important now days. Almost all jobs involve the use of some type of computer hardware or software, so having an understanding of the commonly used software is very helpful.
Interpersonal skills involve the ability to relate to people and in turn work with them. When you can relate to people it's easier to communicate with them and prevent or limit conflicts that might slow down productivity.
Flexibility and Adaptability skills deal with your ability to handle change in the work place. Change might come in the form of having to complete a task in a different way than normal, or you might have to work longer hours because a deadline has been moved forward. It's important to be able to adapt as things change because sometimes things are outside our control.
Planning and Organising skills deal with your ability to plan and organise tasks throughout your day. When you have a job there is always news things that you need to do, and you have to decide which one gets your attention first. This is why it's important to know how to plan your time properly so you can get the most out of your work day.
Analytical skills deal with your ability to assess a situation and gather information. They are helpful when trying to see things from other perspectives. This useful when trying to improve things to make them easy for everyone to understand and use.
Problem-Solving skills involve the ability to find solutions to problems using your available information and resources. The way you use your information and resources is also important. Sometimes a problem can be solved logically and other times you need to use little bit of creative thinking to help you along.
Leadership skills deal with your ability to take charge, delegate responsibilities and manage your co-workers. Leadership is about understanding that everyone is different, and some people need to be instructed or motivated in different ways. When you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your team, you can more effectively manage them.
Multicultural Awareness is a part of communication and interpersonal skills but I thought it was worth mentioning on its own. Australia is a multicultural country so it's important to understand and be aware that other employees may value things in different ways than you. By being aware of these differences you can help avoid misunderstandings between yourself and other employees or customers.
By embracing and improving your skills in these areas you can make yourself a more effective worker that any employer should want to hire.
Until Next Time,