Top skills employers are seeking in potential candidates
Do have what it takes to nail your dream job?
By Student Jobs International Inc., Contributing Writer
Every job comes with its own particular set of requirements and qualifications. It’s fundamental for job seekers to know what an employer is looking for in a candidate before making any initial contact such as submitting a resumé or going on an interview. Employers are seeking candidates who will be a right match for them. They are looking for people who will both integrate seamlessly with their company’s business philosophy and existing employees, and also bring something new and different to the organization.
Although every recruiter is seeking something different, there are certain skills that employers can all agree are essential in an ideal candidate. When it comes to writing cover letters and resumés or answering interview questions, it’s important to demonstrate that you have the skill set and qualities that employers are looking for. Discovering the most popular skills employers are looking for in an employee is almost like knowing the answers to a test before you take it.
Discovering the most popular skills employers are looking for in an employee is almost like knowing the answers to a test before you take it.
Many of the skills employers are seeking are called “soft skills;” skills that are universally in-demand throughout the job-market and can be quite easily developed and improved upon with experience. Start by evaluating which skills you excel at and then ask yourself which skills you might need to improve on. Most, if not all, of these skills are transferable and can be acquired fairly easily through everyday life experiences, at home, at work, or in the community. In a study by ManpowerGroup, 65% of temporary employees stated that they improved their skill set through assignments. Knowing the top soft skills will enable you to easily tailor your job-search and convey to potential employers that you are a versatile, knowledgeable and well-rounded individual.
Here are some of the most sought-after skills on today’s job market:
Communication Skills: Communication skills (speaking, writing and listening) are something employers find critical for just about any position. It is essential for an employee to be able to communicate their ideas clearly, both verbally and in writing, and with confidence when engaging with their manager and other co-workers. It is also critical to know when and how to listen to the ideas of others and how to be concise and to-the-point.
Teamwork: It’s important to be able to work well within a group of people. Employers are looking for someone who will be in harmony with the rest of the employees already working at the company. You should realize that in a company, you are not just working as an independent person but as part of a team of people committed to a common goal. In almost all cases if the group succeeds, so do you; so, communicate that you are a team player.
Analysing and Investigating (Research Skills): It’s important to show employers that you have great analysing abilities and research skills. You need to be able to gather and assess information, pay close attention to details, conduct relevant research, ask questions and investigate issues –these aspects are crucial to on-the-job problem solving.
Self-Motivation/Drive: Employers need to know that you are a self-motivated person who is inspired to work hard and determined to grow and learn. Employers like people who want to work and want to contribute to the growth of the company. Drive and perseverance are very important qualities to highlight to an employer as they indicate that you are committed to being your best self. You should also show the employer that you are ambitious and committed to constant self-development and learning.
Planning and Organization: Employers value someone who knows how to be effective and efficient.