11.06.2017

15 authentic skills that employers need

15 authentic skills that employers need

With the increasing competition in job sectors today the proper talent and capabilities are the prior requirements for a good candidate.

​While the knowledge and skills required will vary according to the job, it's imperative to convey how you've already gained the core attributes that would make you a worthwhile addition to an organisation.

Here are the skills that are commonly sought by employees and managers:

1. Communication skills:

Communication skills indicate conveying information, verbally or written, from one person to another. It’s not just acting like a postman and is a much-enhanced form of delivering information. It indicates the ability to speak with good eye contact and demonstrating in a good vocabulary. Communication skills specify putting your ideas and clarifying them to others with a good presentation and speak clearly and concisely. It is one of the most essential characteristics that nowadays all employers seek.

2. Planning and organising:

Planning and organising is the major function for management of the company. Planning is necessary for an ongoing step for organisational goals, section and division goals and team objectives. It is the core duty of a manager to recognise and set the goals for a particular area. Organising indicates distributing the resources and organising your employees according to the goals. You also need to provide direction to them so that the representatives can work towards high sales without having any obstacles in their way.

3. Motivation and positive attitude:

Your attitude matters a lot, and carrying a positive attitude is what a manager seeks in its employees. Approach with a smiling face and have a professional attitude towards your manager. Seek for solutions because it is one of the major qualities in positive attitude. Do not remain away from problems. Motivation is another factor that is required in a candidate. Your words and way of speaking will show how much motivated you are. That increases the chances to impress the employer and fulfils the criteria for employee selection.

4. Time management skills:

Time management is keeping your work load organised. To attain this skill you should first learn the value of time and its significance in your life. Learn to divide your tasks into priorities and schedule them to avoid getting messed up. Follow everything systematically to avoid stress and anxiety and never consider your work as burden. Employees who take their work as pressure never understand the importance of work and managing them with time.

5. Dedication and work ethics:

Dedication and work ethics depict integrity, sense of responsibility, discipline and emphasizing on quality. The root of a successful employee is his devotion towards work and the passion that he carries along with him. You should have a strong sense of responsibility and should put your best effort on a project. You should put more emphasis on improving your quality and bring the perfection in a particular project. Discipline is very important to maintain in a workplace because without it you won’t be able to focus on work and be determined to complete projects on time.

6. Teamwork and manpower handling:

Manpower handling refers to handling a team and its members with your leadership skills. Not only that you need to interact with them and discuss the goals and strategies needed to apply. You should know to guide your team on the proper direction and teach them the practices of effectively working on a project. Keep communicating with team members and be respectful to them. You should also talk individually with each of them so that they understand how much you are concerned about them.

7. Going the extra mile:

Your manager will set a goal, but you should carry the attitude to go extra mile. Learn to go beyond what the employer seeks in you. Take on additional duties that fall outside of your comfort zone and usual day to day responsibilities. This will help you to grow as an individual and build a quality of volunteering for additional tasks. Taking up initiatives is a positive quality of a good and hardworking employee who aims to reach to a higher level.

8. Flexibility:

The flexibility to change shifts and work at any time is another characteristic that employers seek in you. Not only physically, but flexibility is needed mentally also. It increases your personal growth and enrichment and balances your professional and personal life. Besides them, there are certain benefits of having flexibility in workplace like enhancing your talent, higher morale, and telecommuting which are the most necessary factors of a good employee.

9. Loyalty:

Without loyalty you won’t be able to expect a good future in the company. Your manager will depend upon you for all his goals and targets and he would expect you to fulfil on time. So you need to convince him that you will abide by his commands and complete the tasks on time. Build up the loyalty in a way so that your seniors can rely on you. To develop loyalty you should perform and do your works well, take pride in your work, keep learning and stop taking risks at work. These factors will ensure your manager that he can rely on you and assign you without any second thought.

10. Commitment towards work:

Commitment towards work is another positive quality of an enthusiastic employee. Employers value candidates who are tough towards work and continue to strive harder for solutions and bringing out the perfection in work. You should stop blaming others for the blunders and take the responsibility of resolving it with firm commitment. This attitude wins the manager’s belief by 90% and hence he can trust you for the work to be done.

11. Interpersonal skills:

Having interpersonal skills are likely to be more effective than communication skills. It is the ability to communicate and interact with other people with an optimistic view and charismatic approach. You need to practice over and over again to develop and improve your interpersonal skills. Employers often seek this quality in employees because they need someone who can well build a team and communicate effectively with clients and colleagues. Having interpersonal skills increase the chance for your growth in the company and bring you to a good position.

12. Problem solving skills:

Learn to solve the most critical problems instead of avoiding them. This ensures the employer that you are concerned about the company’s problems and willing to step forward to find a resolution. This develops a confidence in the employer that he is hiring someone who’s prepared to face the hurdles and trying his best to bring out a solution. Employers seek for someone who can help the company grow rather leaving it during harsh times.

13. Computer skills:

Computer experience is often familiar when applying for any kind of job nowadays. You are usually required to have a working knowledge of operating Microsoft Office packages including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

14. Analytical and Research skills:

Analytical and Research skills include your ability to study, identify and collect information on key issues which are critically important. To improve your analytical skills, you should work on math problems without a calculator. This exercises your brain and kick starts the analytical part of your brain. The research skill can be developed by solving critical issues by analysing and understanding the problem. Research skill in a workplace includes marketing strategies by taking feedback from customers who used your product.

15. Management / Leadership skills:

Even if you're not intending to work in a management position, you will still need to demonstrate to employers that you have the potential to motivate and direct others in order to achieve objectives.

If you’re looking for work, you can either view our current opportunities on our job pages, or get in touch with one of our consultants on 0203 793 8867 or via admin@centogroup.com.

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