Employability Skills

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You often wonder why there are so many unemployed youths out there, including those that can’t keep jobs despite their first class certificates or numerous qualifications. They are not lacking in intelligence, smartness or Charisma; contrary to that, what they lack is the competence to excel in certain areas.

Employability proficiency is necessary for getting, keeping and being succesful at a job and also enables you to build a career path as you grow on the job .They are techniques that allow employees get along with their colleagues, to make critical decisions, solve problems, develop respect and ultimately become strong ambassadors for the organisations.

Employability deftness is thebuilding block on which the foundation of your career will and must be built. With incredible amount of faliures in the labor market, the media have often times than not highlighted the cause of these failures as the lack of these techniques in students, graduates and those already employed.

Where your education and experience makes you eligible to apply for a job, these skills make you succesful at that job. That is why organisations spend a lot of time and money training their workers, not only according to certain job specifications or upgrades due to market demands, but in certain expertise that would greatly improve your delivery on the job.

The mastery of theseskillsalso make you very flexible hereby allowing you to explore other career paths without encountering much difficulty.

These are the employability endowments that you need to get and keep that job you desire or make your private business succesful:


*Interpersonal Skills: the importance of the acquisition of this technique cannot be over emphasised, it is very vital that you perfect the art of interacting with people when seeking employment as it may be the single most important factor that  recruiters watch out for. Interpersonal skill is the technique usedwheninteracting with other people. It allows you to participate effectively in various capacities either as a member of a team, to satisfy customers’ and clients’ expectations, negotiate, make decisions, manage your time effeciently, take responsibility or work effectively with other employees. Well-honed interpersonal finesse allows us to emphatise and build rapport with colleagues and clients, leading to a better working environment, excellent delivery and profitable turnout for everyone involved hereby reducing stress on the job.


*Communication Skills: if you are either applying for a job or looking for a promotion with your current employer, you will need to develop a flair for communicating easily. The ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with a wide variety of people, maintain good eye contact, write clearly and succintly, demonstrate a varied vocabulary and tailor your language to your audience are all essential abilities that employers seek in employees. Having this ability means you can get your messages across with less chance of being misunderstood. The ability to listen attentively do not only involve hearing but gaining and understanding information. Listening is a basic requirement leading to fewer mistakes and a greater understanding of the needs of employers and customers. As your career progresses, the importance of communication easily increases as creativity, interpersonal relationship, an aptitude for teamwork, the ability to speak and write with clarity and conciseness is essential for managers.


*Critical Thinking Skills: creative thinkers are innovative and inventive and are more likely to devise new ways of doing things that add value to the work environment, making systems and procedures more efficient. Creative thinkers can offer new perspectives about the job and the company. The ability to be able to effectively plan and organise means that you or your team are more likely to get the job done correctly the first time. These talents are beneficial to employers as they save time and money. Planning and organisation also require the recording of information which can be referred to when planning future projects.


*Presentation Skills: whether you are an administrator, manager or executive, you should expect to present your ideas and findings to your work colleagues and external stakeholders. Presenting information does not just include making formal presentations – information could be presented in the form of notes, reports, research findings, business plans, scenario planning, risk assessment and strategic documents. You may even be asked to give a presentation as part of your initial interview.


*Numeracy Skills:This involves the understanding of numerical data, statistics and graphs. It is also part of making decisions and reasoning. It is very important even when the job is not considered one to deal with numbers. Being able to understand and analyse data in different formats is considered an essential ability in many organisations.


*IT Skills: Acquiring basic IT know-how and being familiar with using a computer may open up a wide range of employement opportunities and increase your marketability in the workplace. It is likely that a mordern job will require you to be familiar with at least some computer applications. Computer literacy means understanding what computers can do and cannot do. Even if you know that you will not be using a computer in your job, it is worthwhile learning some of the basics of information technology e.g. sending and receiving email using the internet effectively, using a word processor and spreadsheets.


*Leadership Skills: this is the ability to influence others to acheive a particular or common goal. According to a survey, the ability to Lead is one of the four most important factors employers look out for in their employees. Developing your leadership dexterity makes you eligible for securing a top managerial position or a promotion with your current employer.


*Personal Development: personal development is all about having the right mindset towards work, your employers and colleagues. Employers always look out for people who are keen on learning and developing themselves. The employee who is open to learning and embraces changes will be more successful than an employee who is afraid of learning and resistant to changes in the organisation. Employers want people who are flexible, patient and easily adapt to changes. They are also people with self management abilities (self-control), people who are self motivated and confident.


These employability skills make you stand out amongst your colleagues and give you an edge in the business world.

Alice Temitope Dako

Alice Temitope Dako

A passionate reader, a photographer of thoughts and an ardent book collector. A nerd in love with the world built by words... www.theinkheartnlog.com

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