Forget only having a degree – employers are looking for more than education when they hire! Here’s a rundown of the top skills that most employers are always on the lookout for:
Everyone likes to throw this term on to their c.v, but think about what it really means. TIP – it doesn’t mean that you just like to work hard. Employers need people who can genuinely show a time when their motivation helped them in a work situation – beyond just showing up to work and doing an average job. Your future boss will have many projects on their hands and lots of other people who they need to manage, so being able to motivate yourself to get your job done without needing too much hand-holding is going to be a real asset to your boss. When it comes to explaining your motivation make sure you do it without actually saying the words ‘I am highly motivated’; instead use examples of when you used your resourcefulness to overcome any problems.
No, they don’t care about your avid yoga habit! Employers look for staff that are able to adapt and change to any situations that may arise in work. This need for flexibility is even more necessary if you are working for a start-up or somewhere that is looking for its staff to work from various locations. You need to show that you are not easily stressed by ever-changing scenarios and you can perform well no matter where you are having to work from.
Now whilst you might not be applying for a traditionally creative role, your employers will always be looking for people who can innovate and come up with new ways of working, better processes or new ways to outmaneuver their competition. It’s a good idea to show employers that you are coming up with new ideas and that you are willing to share them with your team.
No matter if you work for yourself or as part of a huge conglomerate, you will need to manage your own time. Everything you are working on should be time managed effectively and you need to make sure that you are not too dependent on your boss to keep on top of you. It’s important you know how to prioritise and to make executive decisions about work so that everything you have on your plate gets delivered on time and within budget. Your employer does not want you to spend too much time on one project, it slows down the production rate massively and can make you look like you are not coping. Of course, there are times when the workload is too much, so this is where the next skill comes into play…
Moving from a university situation where your work mainly depended on you only, to a professional team situation can be tricky. You have to learn how to work with others and understand early on that they might not necessarily be your friends. In your career you are likely to experience personality clashes, but it’s your job to not let these get in the way of producing the best work possible. Your employer values people who can set aside personal issues to work collaboratively and produce great ideas, then deliver great work.