Employability skills

Employers are often looking for skills that go beyond qualifications and experience.

While your education and experience may make you eligible to apply for a job, to be successful in the role you will need to exhibit a mix of skills: ‘employability skills’.  This means that the specialist, technical skills associated with different roles may be less important than the 'soft skills' that can be transferred between different jobs and different employment sectors. 

For employers, getting the right people means identifying people with the right skills and qualities to fulfil the role and contribute to the organisation's success.  Candidates may have the qualifications and 'hard skills' needed to be able to manage the job role but, without a well-honed set of 'soft skills', employers are less inclined to hire.

Employability Skills 

Employability skills are those skills necessary for getting, keeping and being successful in a job.They are the skills and attitudes that enable employees to get along with their colleagues, to make critical decisions, solve problems, develop respect and ultimately become strong ambassadors for the organisation.

Employability or ‘soft skills' are the foundation of your career building blocks and they are frequently referenced in the media as lacking in school-leavers, graduates and those already in employment.  Organisations spend a lot of time and money training staff, not in job specific areas but in general and basic skills.

  • Communication Skills

Employers look for people who communicate well both verbally and in writing.

  • Critical Thinking Skills

The ability to solve problems and make decisions can be a huge asset to your employer and these are therefore desirable skills to develop.

  • Personal Development

Personal development is all about having the right attitude towards work and the organisation you work for.  Employers look for people who are keen to develop and learn.

  • Presentation Skills

Presenting information clearly and effectively is a key skill in the work place and presentation skills are required in almost every modern employment area.

  • Leadership

Leadership is the ability to influence others toward the achievement of a goal.

  • Numeracy (Number Skills)

Numeracy involves an understanding of numerical data, statistics and graphs, and is also part of making decisions and reasoning.

  • IT Skills

Most people need some IT skills to find work today. Acquiring basic IT skills and being familiar with using a computer may open up a wide range of employment opportunities and increase your marketability in the workplace. It is likely that a modern job will require you to be familiar with at least some computer applications. Computer literacy means understanding what computers can and cannot do.

 

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