You often wonder why there are so many unemployed youths out there or youths that can’t keep jobs even with their first class certificates. It’s not as if they are not intelligent. It is because they lack certain skills.
Employability skills are those qualities necessary for getting, keeping and being succesful in a job. They are skills and attitudes 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 skills are the foundation of your career building blocks and they are often mentioned in the media as lacking in students, graduates and those already employed. Where your education and experience makes you eligible to apply for a job, employability skills makes you succesful at that job. That is why organisations spend a lot of time and money training their workers, not only in job specific areas but in general acquisition of basic knowledge needed to be an extraordinary worker.
These skills also make you very flexible hereby allowing you to explore other career paths without encountering much difficulty. These are the employability skills you need to get that job you desire or make your private business succesful:
*Interpersonal Skills: this is a very vital attribute you need when seeking employment and may be the single most important factors for many recruiters. Interpersonal skills are qualities use to interact with other people. Good interpersonal skillsnllow you to participate effectively as a member of a team, to satisfy customers’ and clients’ expectations, negotiate, make decisions, manage your time effeciently, take responsibility and work effectively with other employees. Well-honed interpersonal skills allow us to emphatise and build rapport with colleagues and clients, leading to a better working environment which makes the job less stressful.
*Communication Skills: if you are either applying for a job or looking for a promotion with your current employer, you will need to demonstrate good communication skills. 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 qualifications hat employers seek in employees. Having this skill means you can get your message across with less chance of being misunderstood. Active listening skills 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 skills increases since as creativity, people skills and 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 skills 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 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 jus 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: Numeracy skill 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 skills in many organisations.
*IT Skills: Acquiring basic IT skills 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 Skill: this is the ability to influence others to acheive a particular goal. According to a survey, the leadership skill is one of the four most important qualifications employers look out for in their employees. Developing your leadership skill make you eligible to 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 also people with self management skill (self-control), people who are self motivated and confident.
Employability skills make you stand out amongst your colleagues and gives you and hedge in the business world.