Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Top 10 Skills Demanded By Employers

Do I have the skills to make the cut?
This is a question every job seeker should ask when hunting for a job. Otherwise, how would you know whether you have what it takes to be hired or not?
Now this list is not catered to specific careers. Obviously if you are an engineer, you should expect the technical know-how of an engineer to form part of your essential skills.
Here, the skills are more general and cater to all types of professional careers.
You may be surprised to find out that with today’s IT domination in every facet of our lives, some skills can never be replaced even with the best technology.


1.Communications Skills
You would notice that every job advertisement would not be short of this requirement: Possess good communication skills.
2.Analytical/Research Skills
Deals with your ability to assess a situation, seek multiple perspectives, gather more information and etc. Resourcefulness is a well sought after trait!
3.Computer/Technical Literacy
Almost all jobs now require some basic understanding of computer hardware and software whether it is in word processing, spreadsheets, email and surfing the net.
4.Flexibility/Adaptability/Managing Multiple Priorities
Deals with your ability to manage multiple assignments and tasks, set priorities, and adapt to changing conditions and work assignments. The business landscape is changing all the time and employees must be able to adapt to changes quickly.
5.Interpersonal Abilities
The ability to relate to your co-workers, inspire others to participate, and mitigate conflict with co-workers is essential since everybody’s work is inter-related nowadays.
6.Leadership/Management Skills
When an employer makes a statement that a candidate has great potential, more often than not, it refers to the personal leadership ability. Ability to take charge and managing others effectively is a scarce trait.
7.Planning/Organizing
Deals with your ability to design, plan, organize, and implement projects and tasks within an allotted time frame.
8.Problem-Solving/Reasoning/Creativity
Involves the ability to find solutions to problems using your creativity, reasoning, and past experiences along with the available information and resources.
9.Ability to work in a team
Because so many jobs involve working in one or more work-groups, you must have the ability to work with others in a professional manner while attempting to achieve a common goal.
10.Multicultural Sensitivity & Awareness
As the world is getting smaller and as more opportunities to work with people of different nationalities, culture and background presenting itself to us, job seekers are required to embrace diversity and possess a stronger awareness of what it takes to work in a global community.
Obtaining these skills is not a one-off affair but rather they are to be learned and sharpened each and every day. The learning experience never ends.