While the majority of today’s job roles do require employees to have some form of qualification or specific skill set, there are other certain attributes many of today’s employers consider to be just as important.
Here are three valued skills employees should work on developing to help them stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs:
Many employers are beginning to move away from a supervisory model towards a more team-oriented approach. Therefore, they are on the lookout for people who are capable of working independently. This means employees need to have the ability to prioritise, plan, problem solve, organise and make decisions. As departments continue to shrink as a result of improved IT systems, employees who don’t need to be supervised often are becoming highly sought after.
The rise in technology use over the years has created a bigger demand for employees who have a high degree of proficiency with computer software and technical knowledge. The ability to write reports, build and maintain databases, access and analyse data all require computer software skills. And with more people working remotely, it is a big plus for those who have the technological skills to troubleshoot and problem solve without the help or guidance from their employer.
The ability to communicate effectively with people within and outside a business is high on the list of an employee’s desired skills. Being able to liaise effectively with clients or customers and contribute successfully to a team requires strong interpersonal and communication skills. Being able to actively listen to those around you while also being able to contribute is a talent that helps a business grow and succeed.