CAREER DEVELOPMENT / MAY. 23, 2016
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5 Key Career Strengths That Make You Employable

Did you know that you can increase your employability apart from improving your skills? Well, confidence is a must. Learn these 5 things to get hired.  

Career experts tell you that you need to make yourself more employable to get a job. But what exactly does being “employable” even mean? According to the University of Edinburgh, employability is a term that refers to "a set of skills, knowledge and personal attributes that make an individual more likely to secure and be successful in their chosen occupation(s) to the benefit of themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy."

Within Higher Education, the term employability is often used to encourage university students to get involved in activities that will help them increase their skills and as a result boost their chances of getting a job when they graduate. But, this doesn’t mean you don’t need to invest in your employability if you aren’t currently at university.

See Also: Beyond Skills: 5 Weird Things That Are Detrimental to Your Employability  

No matter where you are in life, there are some qualities that you can develop to make yourself more employable and stand out from the crowd. Check these out.

1. Confidence

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Confidence is essential to job search success. Without it you can’t exceed your own expectations, get out of your comfort zone or impress employers. In fact, there is a rule that applies to your situation and of every jobseeker’s: how well you can do something depends on how much you believe in yourself. Employers can tell if you are a confident individual by simply observing your body language. From the way you walk into the interview room, to the way you position yourself in the chair and use your hands while you talk, employers can tell if you are a person they want to have on their team.

2. Taking Initiative

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Every employer wants to hire employees who see themselves as leaders because leadership is what drives innovation and change. If you manage to show employers that you like to take the initiative and  lead people, then you will find yourself miles ahead of the competition. Your resume and job interview are your best friends here because there you can explain how you took initiatives either through volunteering or taking part in a project as a student.

3. Emotional Intelligence

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The higher your EQ scores are the more the chances you have to get hired. Emotional intelligence, which refers to your ability to relate to other people, understand your feelings and of those others, is essential to success, especially in the workplace. Employers are well aware of that and are looking for people who possess interpersonal skills such as self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and motivation.

4. IT Skills

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Being computer literate is essential considering that we live in the digital age. The modern workplace requires that you are up to date with technological advances and as such you become familiar with how businesses work. Acquiring, at least, basic knowledge of information technology will open a variety of job opportunities in your career and increase your employability in the job market. This includes learning how to use the internet effectively – and on multiple devices, how to send and receive emails as well as how to use MS Word and other Microsoft Office applications.

5. Problem Solving/Creativity

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Employers can tell if you are a creative individual or not from the moment they look at your resume and cover letter. This doesn’t have so much to do with the design of your resume; it is more about how you present yourself. Since problem solving is one of the most essential creative qualities a jobseeker can have, you should put this skill on your resume and provide some convincing examples to back it up. The format/design you choose for your resume can also showcase your creativity – if done right, and help you stand out.

See Also: How to Increase Your Employability While You’re Still in Education  

All of these qualities can make you stand out from the competition and get the job you want. So forget about your many qualifications for a second and work on developing the skills and qualities employers really care about.  

What other skills or qualities you think employers really care about? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below….

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