Top 6 Key Skills Employers are looking for
Key skills that will help get you a job – how many of these do you have?
- Teamwork: You’ll need to prove that you’re a team player but also have the ability to manage and delegate to others and take on responsibility. It’s about building positive working relationships that help everyone to achieve positive goals and business objectives. Leadership: You may not be a manager straight away, but you’ll need to show potential to motivate teams and other colleagues that may work for them. It’s about assigning and delegating tasks well, setting deadlines and leading by good example.
- Communication: This covers verbal and written communication, and listening. It’s about being clear, concise and focused; being able to tailor your message for the audience and listening to the views of others.
- Problem solving: You need to display an ability to take a logical and analytical approach to solving problems and resolving issues. It’s also good to show that you can approach problems from different angles.
- Managing yourself & Organisation: This is about showing that you can prioritise, work efficiently and productively, and manage your time well. It’s also good to be able to show employers how you decide what is important to focus on and get done, and how you go about meeting deadlines. Perseverance and motivation: Employers want people to have a bit of get-up-and-go. Working life presents many challenges and you need to show employers that you’re the kind of person who will find a way through, even when the going gets tough… and stay cheerful-ish. Ability to work under pressure: This is about keeping calm in a crisis and not becoming too overwhelmed or stressed. Confidence: In the workplace you need to strike the balance of being confident in yourself but not arrogant, but also have confidence in your colleagues and the company you work for.
- Customer Service: The ability to deal with and support customers, the lifeblood of all businesses. Including listening skills, being helpful & courteous, negotiation skills, dealing with complaints. Commercial awareness (or business acumen): This is about knowing how a business or industry works and what makes a company tick. Showing that you have an understanding of what the organisation wants to achieve through its products and services, and how it competes in its marketplace. Negotiation and persuasion: This is about being able to put forward your way, but also being able to understand where the other person is coming from so that you can both get what you want or need and feel positive about it.
- Computer & IT Skills: This is about being able to use computers and the internet. Technology is at the core of many businesses and so you need to be able to show that you can make use of the basic tools needed for any modern workplace.
These are skills that employers are really interested in, so make sure you get the message across in your CV and how to present yourself to potential employers.
Click the link to download our Key Skills Questionnaire and review where you are up to – Lighthouse Project Key skills questionnaire