What top skills are employers looking for?
Every job and career path is different, and through your university and work placements, you would have learnt some new skills. These skills would need to be transferable and applicable to your future workplace. We speak to a number of clients and employers everyday looking for eager, ambitious candidates to fit into their company, but some graduates lack core skills that most employers are looking for. So what are the required skills?
Everyone puts it on their CV, but, that doesn't necessarily mean they're effective communicators. We can all communicate in one way or another, but what Employers are looking for is the ability to communicate clearly and concisely. The ability to communicate is intrinsic to every job role, especially with the confidence to talk to people at all levels within a company structure. More often than not, graduates are turned away from opportunities due to poor communication skills. Communication can be both written and verbal and involves the ability to articulate your point of view. If you're working as a receptionist or IT support technician the requirements are the same, an ability to communicate effectively.
Confidence can come in many forms, and doesn't necessarily mean being loud or boisterous. You can have confidence in how you work or your abilities, where you want to go within the company and the way you communicate to people. Confidence is key to success, as it makes you come across as knowledgeable, learned and trustworthy. It wouldn't be realistic to expect everyone to be confident takers, but if they can talk confidently about themselves, what they enjoy and why they want to work for a company, that would go a long way in securing the job.
Collaboration is defined as the action of working with someone to produce something. The ability to work autonomously is important, as is the ability to work in a team. Very few jobs will require you to work in solitude and most if not all will want you to work with a team, group or department towards a bigger company goal. You can still work autonomously but within a team. At university many graduates would of had to work with a team and present their findings, so this is similar to that. Leverage the skills you acquired at university and apply them to the role.
Literacy and Numeracy
A recent report out has found some graduates are lacking basic literacy and numeracy skills, which has impacted them from getting graduate qualified roles and leaving them to settle for less. If you know you're not good at literacy or numeracy, try to take a course to bolster your knowledge and confidence in the subject. Building up your knowledge would go a long way in securing a better paying position.
These are the core skills we have found employers are looking for, and many graduates can be turned down on the above, regardless of test scores or qualifications. It is in the best interest of job seekers to become confident and effective communicators and have the ability to work in a team (even if you prefer to work alone).