Every active job-searcher knows how important having skills is. A good resume or curriculum vitae must include at least five skills that could convince a prospective employer to hire you. Most job seekers claim to have good communication skills, data analysis skills, and other similar skills when in reality, they have none. For this reason and more, employers are gradually shifting their focuses to skills that are evident in your personality.
If you have ever wondered what skills employers actually look for in prospective employees, you will be pleased to find that this list has compiled the top ten skills employers look for.
1. Positive talkers
Job searching aside, positivity is a character and skill that most people look for in people they surround themselves with. When it comes to the business world, employers look for applicants who say “Yes, I can do it” rather than those who say “I don’t really know, I don’t think I could”. The reason is that nobody wants to have someone who doesn’t have a positive outlook towards their goal on their team. Improve your outlook towards life. Do not be an “I can’t” person. In the worst-case scenario, you may say “I have never engaged in something of this nature but I’m positive that with a little time I could do it perfectly.”
2. Well-rested people
While a prospective employer is not likely to ask you how many hours of sleep you got last night, he is likely to look for the characters a well-rested person has. These characters include calmness, alertness, activeness, smartness, and even a fresh and inviting face. Ensure you get enough hours of sleep daily. Admittedly, we may need to stay up once in a while. However, staying up late should be the exception and not the rule. Besides, sleeping early has its own health benefits.
3. Asking for help
There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. People unknowingly cross that line every day. The difference between a confident person and an arrogant persona is quite clear. A confident person will admit they do not know something. However, they will firmly assert that they know they can learn it if taught. An arrogant person, however, will claim they know something when they do not. Aside from confidence and arrogance, if you are given a task and need clarity, ask. It’s better to get instructions twice than to submit rubbish.
4. Knowing when to speak and to be quiet
The only that is annoying as a person who talks too much is a person who doesn’t respond when spoken to. When applying for a job, there are times when you should let your prospective employer speak while being quiet. Interrupting them during every sentence is not going to make you look good. Similarly, when you are asked a question, or when you are asked to concur with something, keeping quiet can only make them lose interest in you.
This is a skill that comes to play in so many fields. An employer does not want a worker who cannot be trusted to always give out high-quality output. Do not start what you cannot finish. If you know you cannot work overtime each night of the week, do not mention that you can. Decide very well on what project to pursue. That way, you will not find yourself picking and discarding projects. Be consistent in your output and standard.
6. Listening skills
No one wants to have to repeat themselves multiple times. While it is good to ask for clarity and help, your employer is not going to appreciate you asking the same question after the second time. Listening effectively will help you obtain any knowledge you need. If you know that you are forgetful, try to have a pen and a notepad with you always. In addition, when you have good listening skills, you are at an advantage because people will gladly tell you their problems thus making you a favorite.
7. Avoid gossip
In the work environment, gossip has put a lot of people into problems. Know that there will always be disgruntled workers who have a thing or ten to say about the management. Also, know that the walls have ears. Anything you do not want your employer to hear should not be said to anyone related to your job. Involving in gossip also consumes time. As a worker, time is precious and it is quite silly to spend the time you could use to be productive on gossip.
8. Learn a new language
Knowing how to speak another language apart from your Lingua Franca is a great skill. Knowing another language gives you an edge over other people because you can communicate with people from other backgrounds. Applicants who can speak other languages are usually considered for employment first because of the communication gap they can breach. Also, multiple-language speaking employees are always the first to be considered for international duties. If you can, learn a language.
9. Live by honesty
Nothing is as important as honesty. Employers want someone they can trust. Honestly entails dealing truthfully with all who you meet. Avoid telling lies, and omitting important facts or information. Be yourself and be honest about your abilities. Show your willingness to improve and do not claim to know what you do not. Strive to meet up with deadlines in order to build trust. Do not claim to be on the way when you are in bed. They will definitely know and trust you less.
10. Deal empathetically with people
Empathy is a very important human quality. It is the ability to put yourself in the shoes of others. The best of salespeople excel because they can feel what others feel. They use this knowledge to design a suitable solution for them. These solutions make them readily part with their money in exchange. Learn empathy, not only for business but for your personal relationships.
If you do not have many of these skills, the great thing is you can learn them. Even better, you can learn them at no extra cost. Practice makes perfect and so, frequent practice of these will improve you.