Before you apply for a job, it's really important to have an idea of what employers are expecting from you. You can then tailor your applications and interview answers to the skills they are looking for. These are our top 10 skills to look out for.
1. Problem Solving
Employers love a problem solver. If they have an issue, they want someone who has a keen eye for coming up with a solution.
2. Verbal Communication
This is always key, and it's always a good idea to work on this before an interview so you are well prepared and can answer any questions that are thrown your way. In the workplace, this is vital in order to be able to liaise with customers, other members of staff and have a great telephone manner.
3. Written Communication
You could be asked to do a variety of written tasks in the workplace including report writing, letters, social media and even presentations.
Being able to drive can help your CV bounce of the page provioding flexibility to travel to meetings and other sites.
Employers love flexibility. Being able to multi task and help with other job roles is very professional.
6. Time Management
One of the most important skills to obtain in the workplace. Turning up to work on time, completing tasks to a deadline and using your time at work efficiently. If you have any bad habits regarding time management it's best to nip them in the bud earlier rather than later as this could cause you issues.
7. Positive Attitude
Happy smiling faces are what employers want, even if you are having a bad day or it's glorious weather outside and your working. A positive attitude will really help your day go smoother and your employers will really appreciate it.
8. Organisation and Planning
Being able to manage your workload is one of the most important skills in the workplace. There may be times when you feel like you have a million and one things to do, but breathe, set yourself a plan and set some realistic deadlines to avoid the pressure.
Being able to work in a team is essential. You may be working in a team in the office or out on a building site. By doing this you gain confidence and it will really help build social skills.
Don't be afraid to share ideas! Employers would much rather you share your ideas then not, you could help shape a service with customers or your idea could even be used for something bigger! Ideas and inputs are an important part of working life.
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