Soft skills employers want.
It is obvious that we do not learn many of the skills employers want in school. Some people who were smart enough to have done holiday jobs would have had the opportunity to acquire some of these skills, but then, how do the ones who didn’t get such an opportunity manage when they find themselves aiming for the same jobs as those people who seem to be at an advantage?
Many times employers test for these skills during interviews, unknown to the candidate. I have had experiences with many Job seekers who have been attending interviews for a long time but haven’t been able to secure any job. For many I discovered they had issues with communication;these candidates have really poor CV writing and verbal communication skills and these are actually two major skills employers look out for.
Here are a few skills that every job seeker must develop:
- Excellent communication skill is very important. Skilled communicators get along with colleagues. They listen and understand instructions and they pass their thoughts and suggestions across without being aggressive.
- Time management: This is about prioritizing the most important tasks and dealing with actions that will produce the maximum output with minimum effort.
- Leadership skill: Employers value employees who have leadership qualities; people with leadership qualities always look to improve themselves, and motivate themselves and others, they are positive thinkers, they drive results, they show initiative, they adapt to change easily, they are great communicators, they are confident people, they inspire ideas and they stand by their decisions.
- Reliability: Employers want people who are dependable. Reliable people can be trusted to get the work done. People who are committed to every little instruction to do their best and get the job done.
- Creativity and problems solving skills: You must develop the ability to apply logic and creativity to solving problems.
- Being a team player: This term shows up in most CVs but the question is;”are you actually a team player?” Most people just write it on their CVs because everyone does. Remember it’s not just about writing it, you need to continuously develop this skill. A good team player has the team’s goals in their mind and works with others to achieve them. They are open and honest people; they listen and offer constructive suggestions.