Are You Employable?

3rd April 2019

Education and experience will definitely land anyone a job. However, thriving in any role will require much more skills than what was a classroom can teach you.

For employers, the goal is to spot the right skills, whether hard or soft, that can fulfil the available role and contribute to the company’s success.

Beyond good grades and qualification, basic employability skills are critical ingredients of career-building. Organisations tend to invest time and money to train their staffs ahead.

Consequently, you might have the right certificate and best grade but if your professional skills don’t beat the mark, access to better career chances will be limited.

These 6 soft-skills can help you accelerate your career pace:

1. Communication Skills

Relationships are vital to businesses and you still need healthy written and verbal skills. The way you communicate, write, speak or listen, will determine how your employer or colleagues perceive you.

Employees are usually most productive when they can express themselves to a variety of people. This also improves the chances of building relationships with co-workers.

To get better at communicating, you can try participating in debates or attending public speaking workshops.

2. Teamwork and Inter-Personal Skills

Virtually no company is dependent on just one person. Success occurs by sound corporation amongst people working towards a common goal. No one can single-handedly do all the work. Extra hands are always needed in order to build a friendly company culture.

Good interpersonal skills allow you to work perfectly with team members, clients. It also enhances your negotiation, decision-making and time-management skills.

3. Critical Thinking and Observation

Not everyone is keen on observation or has a very bright mind. However, the ability to think outside the box and observe the most disregarded factor data is a great asset. Critical thinkers and observers are able to solve problems by gathering authentic information and evaluating resources appropriately.

What is missing? What can I include? How can I solve this best? These are the questions a critical thinker should always ask. Possessing this skill makes you proactive and very useful to any organisation.

4. Leadership

Being a leader demands more than giving orders. You need to have an inspiring personality and pay attention to helping others reach their full potential. Strong self-confidence and having a clear vision can never be underestimated. 

5. Adaptability

If there’s one common feature every organisation possesses, it has to be “change”. Things will not always go as planned but your ability to recover and dig out alternative solutions is what makes you a better candidate. Challenges will always show up, moving forward quickly has to be something you’re really good at.

6. Stretch Your Skills

Specialisation is awesome, but what kills most individuals is getting complacent with a certain position. You can never know everything. You, instead,  need to always keep that thirst for knowledge in you alive. Life-long learners are always appreciated and since most jobs involve change, skill stretching is quite important.

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Oluwatobi Ogunrinde

A passionate writer hoping to educate people with her work. Oluwatobi enjoys writing about entrepreneurship and work culture. When not writing, you will find her reading about international politics.

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