Finding a job is perhaps one of the hardest step to do when building up your career. You graduated from university, created your CV, and applied for jobs online or maybe even looked somewhere else. But it's not just you. There are lots of fresh graduates each year. And even experienced workers do that to either look for better offers or change their career paths. It doesn't sound easy, is it? But it pays to be prepared and have the right skills before you start your job hunting. Be competitive! I have listed below some of the skills you need to learn to get that job.
"The worst distance between two people is misunderstanding."
What employers look for an employee is someone who is good in communication both written and oral. This will involve tasks such as making presentations, sending reports, and emails or talk to customers. It's not just the ability to do all those, but also the skill to listen when you attend a coaching, meeting or address your client's concern. Hearing is not enough, but to be professional, being able to listen and understand the situation of your job. That is a good communication skill.
"I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot. Together we can do great things"
The right candidate should know how to work on a team. Every businesses is composed of many various teams. Depending on where you will be assigned you will most probably be working with a number of people. For instance each individuals work in a small group and a number of teams work in a department. Same goes for a bigger scale each department still works as a team.
"Instead of thinking outside the box, get rid of the box"
We encounter problems big or small everyday. A worker should be able to make the best solutions for the problems he will encounter. It could start from a misunderstood situation, wrong process, and the worst could be a customer complaint. It's a combination of analyzing and taking the necessary steps to fix the issue. If you are able to solve problems it will lead you to know another skill which is learning.
Initiative and enterprise
"Stop waiting for things to happen. Go out and make them happen."
Showing initiative is an attitude you need to posses to be able to perform undertaking tasks. Most employers are looking for someone who has that attitude. It will measure the interest and passion you have on what you do. This is also the key to achieving goals faster and meeting deadlines on time or even earlier. Don't wait for things to happen but do something to make it happen instead.
Planning and organizing
"You cannot do everything for everyone. If you decide to go north, you cannot go south at the same time." -Jeroen De Flander
Planning and organizing is your key to a successful goal. As when we make plans we prepare for the possibilities whether positive or negative. Being organized is part of having self-discipline that you are able to work in a professional way. If a project is not planned properly it could leave a negative impact to the business. So practice planning and be organize and make it a habit to avoid problems in the future.
"In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you."
Self-management is being able to do your job without the presence of a leader. So integrity is involved here. That you are able to do what is right even when working by yourself. Measured by how you are able to do your task without the need of supervision and still able to finish the job correctly. Self-management is a combination of integrity as well as honesty and responsibility.
"Develop passion for learning. If you do youe will never cease to grow."
An applicant should be willing to learn. There is no limit for this as anyone can do as much as he wants. In a business there will be times that you will need to learn new processes, campaigns or projects. Learning is a continuous process as mentioned in one of my posts Career Professionalism. And your goal as an individual is to grow as a person and by that, it means your career as well.
"What new technology does is create new opportunities to do a job that customers want done."
In these days people's advantage is that life is easier because of technology. But still this needs to be learned. Now there are people who struggle learning about these and there comes those businesses to the rescue. Your job is to make your customer's daily life less difficult or even trouble-free. Knowing the present technology will make your job easier as well.
Those are the basic skills you need to learn to get that job. Those may not be all or it also depends on the line of work you are looking for. Some companies may also be lenient otherwise strict with there skills requirements. What important is you are prepared with these basic skills and adjust on company's needs to work for them.