Having communication skills, the ability to work well in teams, the capability to think on your feet and change with the business environment are core skills topping the "employers list". When it comes to making their next hire, employers wants more. Businesses also want new hires to have the ability to analyse data, be a critical thinker, and know how to manage resources.
With so many graduates now on the market, employers will look for evidence of skills and work experience, which will make you stand out from the crowd. Start gathering them now or work on what you've got so you are ready to impress recruiters so they can sell you better at the employer. Here are three of many skills you can work on while you are job searching.
It doesn't matter if you're a Financial Analyst, IT professional, or an Engineer, data is creeping into our everyday lives, and now more than ever, employers are looking for people who can not only capture the data but be able to analyse it into a more simple to understand format. It would be best to get familiar on how to work with data and proactively acquire the skills necessary for dealing with data now rather than wait for your employer to decide that these skills are a core competency of your job.
The ability to learn, reason, think creatively and make big decisions are essential skills for making yourself stand out from the rest of those CV's.
Critical thinkers are problem solvers; they try to find new experiences and outlooks. They expose themselves to ideas that help them carefully and analytically make the best decision possible.
Employers loves problem solvers, if you have this skill you stand a better chance at potentially joining their company.
Know how to use resources
The proficiency to use resources is crucial. To allocate time, money, space and materials is very important in the modern workplace. As a recent graduate, you need to understand that your time on the job is the boss's time and all the above mentioned resources that are available at work are valuable to the overall interests of the company, and ultimately valuable to the well-being of the employees. To be able to retain a job, you need to be mindful about using the resources you will have access to.
While the knowledge and skills required will vary according to the job, it's imperative to express how you've already gained the fundamental traits that would make you a worthwhile addition to an organisation. You could also think about other skill areas you're strong in. All of the skills listed here are important. The skills required by employers can differ between industries, businesses and even individual recruiters.
Employability skills and personal values are the critical tools and traits you need to succeed in the workplace and they are all elements that you can learn, cultivate, develop, and maintain over your lifetime.
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