As the labour force is increasing continually, the limited jobs that are available are contested for by many job-seekers. Because many others possess the same degree as you, you need more than your degree to get employed. This simply means that graduating with a good grade is not enough to get you employed. Some skills are needed to support your good grades if you want that job and hope to sustain it.
Here, I will be discussing seven skills you need to get you employed.
1. Strong Communication Skills
The ability to communicate effectively — both verbally and in writing — is both essential and rare. Those with strong communication skills are in high demand, regardless of the job or industry. You need to be able to communicate successfully with employees, managers, and customers in person, online, in writing, and/or over the phone.
Communication occurs in a variety of ways, but future employers are primarily interested in your ability to write and speak professionally. You have the opportunity to demonstrate your written skills in your resume and cover letter, and your verbal skills as you supply thoughtful answers to the common interview questions you’ll likely be asked. During your interview, you might mention your experience giving oral presentations (which perhaps was required in some of your classes). The ability to communicate effectively — to translate ideas and convey information — is key in any field.
2. Computer Skills
Having at least some computer skills is a given in almost any job out there. Most jobs now require some computer literacy, whether using Word, Excel, or even more advanced software. If there’s specific software that a company is using, you’ll probably get trained on it. This may include content management systems (CMSs) or specific data entry tools. If you are not experienced in all the software programs highlighted in the job posting, it would be helpful to demonstrate to the employer your ability to learn new software quickly.
3. Interpersonal Skills
Interpersonal skills, also known as people skills, are the skills you use in interacting and engaging with others. Many are hired quickly based purely on their ability to connect with people. Interpersonal skills can (at times) trump the other skills employers are seeking, so be sure yours are up to par.
Now, the ability to communicate effectively is often related to one’s ability to relate well to others, or “people skills.” Depending on the industry, you may be interacting with clients and vendors as well as your co-workers and managers. It’s important to be able to build and maintain relationships and be the kind of person team members want in the office with them every day. Interpersonal skills are also important because employers seek individuals who can identify the wants and needs of others and who can recognize and acknowledge the value of differing perspectives.
4. Critical Thinking Ability
Critical thinking refers to your ability to analyze and evaluate a situation or issue and form a judgment. The tendency to think critically can be demonstrated by a willingness to ask questions in order to understand an issue from all possible angles and to pose creative solutions to challenges. It’s something many of your professors have likely emphasized and is highly valued by employers.
5. Analytical Skills
The world as it is now is a data-driven world. But numbers alone are useless unless there’s a human who can interpret them. As a result, more employers are searching for job candidates who can understand and utilize data. Employees need to be able to confront a problem, think it through, and decisively apply solutions. These are known as analytical skills. The level of analytical skills required will vary, depending on the job and the industry. Closely aligned with analytical skills, employees are expected to organize, plan, and prioritize effectively.
Today’s work culture often requires even the most senior-level executives to wear multiple hats. As a prospective employee in an organisation, one day you might find yourself supporting the sales team and the next day performing customer service. While you may have an interest in a particular aspect of an industry, a willingness to become familiar with the different parts of an organisation is definitely viewed as an asset (and also increases your exposure within the company).
7. Leadership Skills
When companies hire for leadership roles, they seek employees that can successfully interact with employees, colleagues, and customers. Even if you’re not applying for management jobs, leadership is a valuable skill to bring to the employer. Many companies prefer to promote from within, and as such, they often look for strong leadership qualities, even when hiring for entry-level positions.
In conclusion, strong work values – dependability, honesty, self-confidence and a positive attitude – are prized qualities in any profession. Employers look for personal integrity.
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