Employability skills are important as they can help push your job search ahead so long as you know what to include. Do you possess any of these skills?
Being a jobseeker is not for the faint of heart as getting a job can prove to be harder than you could have ever expected. In fact, many people end up being unemployed for a long time because they are unable to push forward with their job search.
The key to getting a job is having a great CV, and although that’s not the only thing you should pay attention to as there are also other things that come into play (like the job interview), your CV can help you get noticed which is the first step towards getting the job you want.
Understand the Power of Your CV
Your CV is a story of who you are professionally. It tells the hiring manager what you have done so far and what you plan to do in the future for their company by showcasing your skills. The skills section of your CV is arguably the most important as it’s what the hiring manager will focus on to decide whether you’d make a good hire or not.
So not only does your skills section need to be coherent, but it also needs to be comprehensive. It should list all the skills that could be considered important for someone in the position you are applying for. You should showcase your employability skills like teamwork, management, communication and problem-solving.
Although you should include all of your relevant hard skills as well, you shouldn’t just concentrate on including those because they say nothing about your personality or attitude as a professional and ultimately, hiring managers want to hire someone who will be a good fit. For example, if the company is looking for someone who will need to work closely with a team and your CV says nothing about your teamwork skills, there’s a good chance that the hiring manager will eliminate you from the competition.
Tailoring Your CV Should Be Your Go-To Move
To ensure that this doesn’t happen, you need to read the job description closely and make a note of every skill listed there. Our guide on how to tailor your CV could help you with this task so make sure you read it thoroughly.
Make sure that you are concise but don’t restrict yourself to only writing single words. If possible expand on your skills.
Your communication skills shouldn’t just restrict to being able to communicate effectively with peers; they should also address anything and everything that relates to communication in your industry. So if for example, it’s important for someone in your industry to be able to read a chart make sure that you include that skill.
- Read and understand information in various forms, such as graphs, charts and diagrams.
- Ability to write compelling text for a variety of purposes.
- Listen and ask questions to understand and appreciate what others are saying.
- Able to express ideas clearly and confidently in speech.
- Share information using a range of information and communication technologies (e.g. email, social media etc.).
- Able to deal with customer care.
- Use relevant scientific, technological and mathematical knowledge and skills to explain or clarify ideas.
#2 Manage Information
Managing information is your ability to research and collect information that serves a specific purpose. It also addresses your ability to make the most of this information by assessing it and putting it to good use.
- Locate and collect information using various tools and systems.
- Organise information and present it to others.
- Analyse and apply information to various disciplines.
#3 Use Numbers
Although numbers are not relevant to all jobs, they are in one way or another relevant to most jobs, so if the job you’re applying for even remotely relates to numbers make sure that you show your proficiency with numbers on your CV.
- Record date using appropriate methods, tools and technology.
- Make estimates and verify calculations.
#4 Problem Solving
One of the most fundamental skills for any employee is problem-solving. Being a problem-solver means you can identify a problem early on and come up with different solutions. It also means being able to apply the best solution and resolve the problem before any damage is done. Most hiring managers think highly of problem-solvers as it’s a skill that demonstrates your credibility.
- Assess and spot problems.
- Find creative solutions to solve problems and choose the best solution based on facts.
- Identify the root of a problem and take steps to eliminate it.
- Recognise the implications of a problem on various levels (eg. Human and interpersonal).
- Check if a solution works and take steps to improve it.
- Use science and technology to come up with solutions.
Adaptability refers to your ability to make the most of every situation you find yourself in and come up with creative ways to improve your work. It also refers to your ability to work alone or as part of a team on one or various projects, as well as your ability to be open to new possibilities and to be able to accept criticism.
- Work independently or with a team.
- Work on multiple tasks or projects.
- Innovative and resourceful.
- Learning from mistakes and putting feedback to good use.
- Flexible when it comes to meeting time or work specific requirements.
#6 Learn Continuously
No one should remain stationary, and this is especially true if you are in an industry that’s constantly changing. To show your ability to adapt to the changing landscape of your industry and your willingness to make the most of your work experience you need to demonstrate your ability to grow continually.
- Assess personal strengths and areas for development.
- Open to learning and growing professionally.
- Plan and achieve personal learning goals.
#7 Personal Management
Your personal management skills refer to your ability to organise yourself effectively and to remain ahead of deadlines on your projects. It also refers to your ability to manage your time effectively so that you can be valuable to your employer.
- Plan, design and carry out projects from start to finish with well-defined objectives and outcomes.
- Work to agreed standards and specifications.
- Adapt to changing requirements and information.
- CContinuously check on the progress of a project and find ways to improve it.
- Use appropriate tools to successfully complete a project.
- Reliable with responsibilities and work duties.
- Creative and innovative in suggestions.
#8 Positive Attitude
This skill refers to your ability to remain motivated. It is largely based on your enthusiasm for work and your confidence in the workplace.
- Personal and professional ethics.
- Ability to deal and help others with problems.
- Show interest and initiative.
- Able to accept praise.
Being a driven professional means that you have the determination to do what is required of you and that you won’t fail your manager or employer with your results as you are focused on success.
- Determination to get things done.
- Complete work duties and tasks without hesitation.
- Strive for improvement with every task you undertake.
- Support and empower others.
- Attention to the quality of work.
It’s important to keep in mind that most people work in offices with other people and that you’ll most probably be required to work effectively with other people to complete a project. Many employees have weak teamwork skills which usually results in arguments and conflicts for the employer. This can mean that deadlines are not met and the team does not produce the best results possible which is why many employers actively look for people who have strong teamwork skills.
- Be sensitive to the dynamics of a group and act accordingly.
- Ensure that a team’s purpose and objectives are clear.
- Flexible in working closely with others.
- Open and supportive of team members’ opinions and ideas.
- Embrace diversity.
- Respect individual differences.
- Contribute to a team by sharing information.
- Lead or support the team according to its needs.
- Resolve conflicts.
It’s important to understand that these employability skills can help you get a job, but you also need to use them wisely. Don’t stuff your CV with more employability skills than you need as hiring managers are looking for a CV that is focused and which will help them find the ideal candidate; too many employability skills can confuse the hiring manager and ruin your chances. So remember to be smart about it and ensure that your CV is tailored to the needs of the position you’re applying for.
Do you think there are any other essential employability skills that we’ve left out? Let us know in the comment section below.