What basic skills do you need for overall career success?
What are the key factors that recruiters and employers are looking for in potential employees?
How does the interviewer separate the applicant with five years experience from the applicant with one month’s experience sixty times?
In addition, for each position the employer may be looking for different specific career skills and experience.
There are however,similar skill sets and attitudes that employers look for in all applicants from engineer to janitor. What skills are continually in demand?
1. Underpinning Basics
Simply put: basic educational skills learned by the end of secondary school. How well do applicants read, write and do basic maths?
Move the skills up a notch to include basic keyboarding skills, basic computer knowledge and other modern tools: fax, copy machine, basic work processing and you have the bedrock basic skills required for success in almost any employment situation.
2. Team and Interpersonal Skills
How well does the applicant speak? Do they answer questions in a positive manner? Do they get to the point? Can they demonstrate good customer service skills?
Although not everyone needs to be outgoing; can the applicant communicate well with co-workers, other team members, management and customers?
Working well with others is a critical skill for job success.
3. Ongoing Job Search Achievement
A successful job search is a process that requires a high level of dedication. If you’re waiting for your ship to come in after only sending out two applications in two months your chances of success is severely diminished compared to the applicant who sends out 2, 5 and even 10 applications a day.
Employers seek employees who are not only positive and show enthusiasm and but also have knowledge of the industry and companies they make contact with.
You will be evaluated,positively or negatively, on how you are approaching the job search. Even with fewer skills, with this positive attitude, you have a better chance in getting the job over a lacklustre candidate with better skills.
This approach is equally applicable for new positions or internal moves or promotions at your present place of employment.
4. Job Performance
Employers are constantly adding and subtracting employees and operations depending upon the marketplace. A safe job today may be axed six months from now. How do you manage to somewhat insulate yourself from these fluctuations?
Beyond the numbers, it all comes down to performance. By demonstrating your worth, taking the initiative and otherwise developing into a valuable employee you have less chance of being downsized than those with average performance.
This first-class performance will also lead to other successes as you move up the career ladder.
5. Career and Job Development
Start with career development. This is a planning skill. Setting career goals both short and long term and reaching them will be of great assistance in climbing your career ladder. A key ingredient to career development is learning new skills, updating established skills and applying new concepts.
This is accomplished by job or professional development in taking classes, self-study programmes, attending seminars and otherwise being open to new opportunities to grow your career. This is only done if you are committed to be a lifelong student. People who demonstrate this trait are keeping themselves marketable as employers are always looking for people who have the up to date training and skills to handle new challenges.
Where do you fit? Do you need help in polishing up you writing skills? Are you having a problem conducting meetings or making presentations? Have you assessed your career lately?
For support on successful career skills, contact Lynn.
Career Management Consultant
M. 07801 689801