Top employability skills that everyone should possess

With there likely to be fewer jobs on offer in the next few months (or even year!?) you need to make sure that your transferable skills are tip top. Here are those that all employers will be looking for and that you need to have accomplished. 

Verbal Communication

The ability to speak with colleagues and customers, in a way that they understand. Verbal communication can change depending on who you are working with, for example in the team who you work with on a day-to-day basis you might have a more informal rapport compared to giving a presentation to a client. 

Problem Solving

Not necessarily the ability to solve a problem in terms of maths or engineering, but employers want to know how to work through things when a problem arises. 

Organisation

Employers want you to be able to arrive on time and be reliable. While at work, they want you to be flexible with your time, as well as being able to plan and prioritise your work so that you can do your job efficiently.

Teamwork

Businesses rely on one another to achieve their goals. You need to be be able to get on with your colleagues, communicate with them effectively so you use your time and resources wisely, and give and accept help. 

Judgement and Decision Making

Many employees are forced to make complex decisions routinely and employers want workers who can understand: the issue at hand, the solutions available to solve the issue, what the pros and cons of each solution is, and what is the best option under the circumstances. 

Customer Service

Understanding who your customer is, what problems they are facing and what's the best way to interact with them is an important skill for a lot of jobs. 

Persuasion & Negotiation

The ability to build rapport and convince others to follow you, whether you are a line manager who would like employees to join you in taking on a new project and an account manager who would like a customer to repeat a purchase.

Business Acumen

In your line of work it's important to understand how the company you work for fits into the ecosystem. This includes how they  make money, what they are selling to and who, how your customers make money, hat value they gain from your products or services, who your company's competition is and how they differ from the competition. You might also want to understand the supply chain of your product or service, or how it gets made, developed and dispatched. 

Writing

The ability to communicate via writing depending on who you are speaking to. 

Attention to Detail

Attention to detail is the ability to achieve thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing a task. 

Leadership

Leadership encompasses a variety of skills and personality traits including honesty and integrity, so that you can build trust within your team, motivate them, delegate and ultimately be as efficient as a team as possible. 

Research

Reseach involves the ability to collect the right data, analyse it and find ways of moving forward with the results of the analysis. 

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to be self aware - that is, know how you come across to others - and be able to change your brehaviour accordingly depending on the situation at hand as well as showing empathy to others. 

Analytical Skills

Analytical skills refer to the ability to collect and analyse information, problem-solve, and make decisions. Employees who possess these strengths can help solve a company's problems and improve its overall productivity and success.

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