Do you ever wonder just what exactly an employer is looking for? Me too. Job adverts generally list skills that they need for the role that’s being advertised, but they aren’t the only skills employers are looking for. Some skills can suit a wide range of jobs. There are some common things that can help you get ahead. If you’re applying for your dream jobs, you’ll need to have more than what’s listed on the job advert. You don’t need to have every single one, but a couple doesn’t hurt. So what are the common skills employers are seeking out?
Common Skills Employers Seek Out
1. Communication Skills
This isn’t just about communicating with customers in a customer service role, it’s also communicating within your team and with your boss. It also covers written, oral and listening. If you aren’t a good communicator it can quickly cause issues with your working relationships and make the job harder for both you and them. You need to be willing to speak up if there are issues, or listen to the concerns of others. Your boss also wants to make sure that you understand what is being asked of you. If they feel confident you can interpret what they’re asking you to do, you’re more likely to get the job.
Most companies will expect you to be able to work effectively in a team. In fact it will be a lot easier for you if you’re a team player. What employers don’t want is someone who comes in to the job and is rude to coworkers, creating unecessary drama. You should also be willing to take on work from team members if they can’t for any reason. Many jobs can only work with efficient team work. This is also where your communication comes in, you have to be able to communicate with your team well and get on with them. Be civil to your coworkers and everything should be fine.
Organisation is vital to the day-to-day working life. If you are able to organise your own time in an effective way, it makes it so much easier for your employer, your team, and yourself. Employers are looking for people that know how to schedule their day and prioritise tasks. They’re also looking for someone who can turn up for work in a timely manner and ensure they are getting tasks finished on time. Your employer won’t always be there to tell you how and when to work, a lot of that will come from you. Use your work method to prove that you can be organised and efficient.
It’s good practice to have a level of transparency with your employer. They don’t want to hire someone who is going to hide their mistakes, or not mention when you’re struggling with something. You have to be willing to stand up and take responsibility for your mistakes, which takes a large amount of honesty. Another side of this is that if you have to be off for any reason they would rather have someone that feels comfortable saying “I’m having a crappy mental health day” instead of making up an excuse like a headache. It also makes them feel secure that you’ll tell them if you’re looking for other jobs.
5. Problem Solving Skills
Problem solving skills help you manage challenging situations in a productive and positive manner. Instead of getting frustrated and getting angry, you look for the solution. These skills are pretty standard for most jobs. Employers are keen to know if you get overly stressed when faces with an issues, or if you try to find a solution. They don’t want to be having to help you with every little issue, you have to be able to work independently and deal with issues that arise. That’s not to say you can’t ask them at all, just not for every little thing.
If you can prove that you will have the motivation to find work if you find yourself doing nothing, this is a desirable quality. As stated before, employers won’t always be there. You have to have the willingness to motivate yourself to get work done, especially if you’re working from home. Employers don’t want to hire someone who need to be told to do work, or told to stop talking. They want to hire someone who comes in motivated to get on with the day and possibly even motivate other team members to crack on.
Team work is important, however there will be times where you’re left to your own devices. If you’re an independent, self-starter type of worker, you’re more likely to be hired. Employers won’t always be there to hold your hand. You have to be someone who can work alone. Independence goes hand in hand with organisation and motivation. Your employer wants to feel confident that you have the independence to set your own schedule if they aren’t there to do it. Not every work day will be the same so you have to be able to adapt and set your own schedule.
8. Positive Attitude
Have you ever been in a job where your coworker is negative about everything? This is the kind of employee that brings the whole vibe of the team way down. Don’t be that person. Employers don’t want someone who is going to be constantly negative. They want you to be happy in the job and enjoy coming in, they also want that for everyone else. The other thing is that in some way, by going to work for them you are representing their company. People have been fired over their personal choices and views outside of work for this reason.
9. Adaptability Skills
Not every work day is the same, so a level of adaptability is important. It’s likely that your job will change over time, or you’ll be expected to take on other things from time to time. This means it’s vital that you’re able to adapt to new situations and new tasks. You’ll also be expected to adapt to working with new people and maybe in new spaces. If these lockdowns have taught us anything, it’s how to adapt to working in different ways. Make sure that you prepare example of how you’ve adapted to a situation for your job interview, they might not ask but it’s good to be prepared.
10. Computer Skills
We live in a technology run world now. It’s hard to find anywhere that doesn’t utilise computers in some way shape or form. Any office job these days will expect you to have computer skills. Even jobs that aren’t based in an office may expect you to have those basic technology skills. If you struggle with this, don’t be ashamed to ask if you can go on a training course to get up to speed. As long as you know how to use the microsoft packages you should be okay applying for most jobs as they normally teach you on their specific systems.