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6 Skills Employers Are Desperate to Find

What’s the secret to job search success? Making yourself indispensable! There is no denying that the job market has become highly competitive, and that’s why you need to make sure you will stand out. The most effective way to do it is to invest in something other candidates don’t have. Considering that employers pay a lot of attention to what you have to offer and what kind of skills you can bring to the job, you need to build a unique portfolio of abilities that are going to help you prove how you are different.

See Also: Employers Reveal What Makes a Jobseeker Stand Out

As a jobseeker, it’s not difficult for you to stand out from the crowd. What’s challenging is to translate academic skills into professional skills and make them relevant to the job you are looking for. But while academic skills are important, employers seem to be more interested in those abilities jobseekers acquire outside the classroom. Such skills can only be attained through real-world experiences and, of course, lots of experimenting in your area of studies possibly through volunteering and internships.

If you want to set yourself apart from others in your field take a look at the skills employers are desperately looking to find in job candidates:

1. Communication

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You would think that communication skills are a given, but lots of jobseekers don’t pay much attention to them. This is obvious even from the way they contact employers – from the way they write a resume, a cover letter – what language they use, as well as how they present themselves in the job interview.

Employers demand that you possess the ability to talk to other people effectively at all levels within an organisation. Any way you look at it, you will be required to work with other people including your clients and colleagues. So employers are looking for those candidates who know how to communicate their ideas effectively and can contribute meaningfully.

2. Grit

Grit is as important as having the academic qualification for the job. Having the right attitude is crucial not only when looking for a job, but once you become somebody’s employee. Employers can see even from an early stage in the recruiting process whether you have what it takes to take the job or not. If they think that you lack grit, they are not likely to invest in you. This means that having the strength of character as well as resilience and determination to succeed is crucial in today’s fast-paced work environment.

3. Curiosity

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Without curiosity, you risk of becoming stagnant in your career. That’s because it’s important to have goals that take you where you want to go, that help you learn and achieve more. This is an essential credential to every aspiring professional as it really sets them apart from their peers. Curiosity is the skill that shows employers that you care about what you are doing, that you regard your role as important, and you are trying to make a difference. Essentially this is what sets people who are just doing their job apart from those who are doing a great job.

4. Ownership

Taking ownership means that you are being accountable and taking responsibility for what you are doing. Essentially it translates to having the confidence to take on responsibilities, making a commitment to an employer and taking care of things independently. This skill shows employers that you can take something off of their plate and make it your duty so that you make their work easier. Now who wouldn’t want that?

5. Adaptability

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Being able to adapt to different work settings is an advantage not many jobseekers have. That’s because some aren’t so open to change nor willing to try doing things. Given that technology is constantly evolving, though, you need to show that you are up-to-date with current practices and that you are able to do your job effectively. Adaptability means that you are flexible enough to adjust to a new way of working but also that you aren’t afraid to get out of your comfort zone to learn and achieve what is expected of you.

6. Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognise your own behaviour, mood, and impulses as well as those of others. This defines how well can you connect with other people and understand them, an ability which is extremely important in any given situation. Emotional intelligence is all about emotional empathy, identifying and balancing emotions while taking into consideration values such as courtesy and respect. All of these qualities can help you better manage certain situations and make more effective decisions.

See Also: 10 Secrets of Successful Jobseekers

These skills can give you a competitive edge in the job market and make you the right fit for any job. Having the right qualifications for the job is one thing but being skilled enough can increase the job opportunities you have available big time. So, talk more about yourself, your skills and achievements as this is what makes you the an in-demand professional. Show off your unique strengths and let employers know that you can be a great asset to their company.

Do you think you possess all of these things? How are you going to demonstrate these to potential employers? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below…


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