When they are seeking candidates for an opening, employers generally have a very clear idea of the key skills they are looking for. As a job candidate, you need to be aware exactly what these skills are. An experienced recruitment professional will be able to identify them for you.
Some positions will require specific skills, but generally speaking employers are looking staff with good interpersonal skills who are likely to be able create and maintain good relations with colleagues and clients. They also look for the following:
1. Communication and negotiation skills
Employers need staffs who are good communicators. This means being able to express yourself clearly and concisely verbally and in writing. If you are unable to communicate effectively, then your value in the workplace is considerably diminished. Similarly employers want staff who can discuss issues and put their point and ideas across without raising the ire of other contributors to the discussion.
2. Teamwork and leadership
Closely allied to interpersonal and communication skills is the ability to work as part of a team. Teamwork is crucial to the effective operation of a company, so employers look for staff who can work well with others, accept delegated tasks and, when necessary, take a leadership role. Employers are always on the lookout for those who can motivate others, delegate appropriately and lead by example. Staff who are prepared to seek out and accept responsibility are particularly valued.
3. Organisational ability
Good organisation is central to the smooth running of all component parts of any business. Proper planning and prioritisation of tasks ensures that delays and problems are kept to a minimum. A skilled organiser is an asset to all businesses.
4. Motivation and initiative
While it might fall to management staff to provide incentives and an example to drive workers to perform, personal motivation is trait that employers find attractive. They welcome those who approach tasks with enthusiasm and see them through to the end. They also like employees who are prepared to take the initiative and work independently when the need arises.
5. Problem solving
Work does not always go smoothly and from time to time problems will arise. Employers want their staff to be adaptable and to be able to find solutions to problems quickly and without fuss. This means using analysis and logic to identify the causes of the problem and than dealing with them.
Not to be confused with arrogance, self-confidence is the trait that allows people to sure of themselves. It helps them feel comfortable in the company of others and lets them work with a surety that identifies them as possible future leaders. They also show respect for colleagues
As your job search reaches the interview stage, you need to be aware that employers place a high value on these traits. In some cases, they may even be more highly valued than qualifications, so it is worth your while learning how to showcase them as you prepare to sit for that all-important interview.
About author : Richard Deeley, Part time PR consultant for Randstad UK. In customer service jobs, these kinds of skills are extremely essential if employees want to succeed.
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