By Cynthia Nkweti-
There are certain skills we believe, that if you acquire, will increase your chances of employment. You may already be employed and are looking for a chance to develop yourself. These are the skills you are looking for.
- Critical thinking and problem solving skills
Critical thinking and problem solving is necessary for almost every job. Critical thinking skills are developed on a daily basis through interaction with others, encountering problems and solving them. Sometimes during an interview, an employer could ask you, a problem you encountered in life and how you resolved it. That is their way of assessing your critical thinking skills and your ability to think out of the box.
- Team work and collaboration
Teamwork is necessary for jobs all across the spectrum. From construction work to marketing, nursing to acting, teamwork and collaboration is a vital part to keeping the organization or company running smoothly. Employers strive for people with teamwork skills because these skills can promote unity in the workplace. Teamwork can provide improved productivity, it promotes work synergy, and can provide new learning opportunities.
- Professionalism and strong work ethic
There is one thing every employer has in common: they want their employees to have a strong work ethic and be professional. These skills can be developed through simple tasks such as being punctual and having a professional attitude. They also may be developed through more time-consuming tasks or even the way you handle an awkward situation.
Every employer wants someone who demonstrates leadership qualities. Leaders are take charge people, people who can influence others or simply people who get work done. Put yourself in situations that develop your skills such as volunteering and heading projects.
Oral and written communication skills are very important whether you took a communication course or not. One way to improve your written communication skills is by organizing your thoughts. When you are writing, proofread your work to see if it sounds jumbled (like you’re rambling or like the thoughts do not flow). If this is the case, try creating an outline for your work first, to make sure your thoughts are in a cohesive order, and then begin writing.
There are many more skills that employers are looking for because the world is changing as do job requirements too. What else do you think employers want to see in employees?