What Employers Are Looking For

by frank-stuart

Understanding what employers are looking for is central to succeeding in your chosen career pathway. While you may have the job-specific skills crucial for succeeding in a particular role, you might also need generalist skills that can help you succeed in any job. Everyone has these generalist skills to a certain degree, and it’s useful to check for any areas of weakness so you can improve on these vital workplace skills.

Communication Skills

The ability to listen effectively, understand what is being said or written, and to express yourself clearly to people is probably one of the most important skills for the workplace. Whether you’re meeting with clients, receiving instructions, or working with others, good communication skills are a must-have for any employee.

Teamwork Skills

You will probably need to work closely with others at some point in your working life, and so demonstrating that you have excellent teamwork skills could help you get the job. Whether it’s highlighting your successful participation in a team sport or a professional example of your teamwork ability, think about how you can show an employer that you have good teamwork skills.

Problem-Solving Skills

Problem-solving skills are another universal skill set that’s highly valued by employers. Problem-solving skills can be defined in a number of different ways. It can be characterised as the ability to recognise and identify a problem, as well as an aptitude for applying resources and solutions to the problem.

Initiative & Enterprise Skills

Employees are required to work without constant supervision in many if not most roles. Demonstrating that you have self-drive and motivation tells the employer that you can be trusted work of your own accord and achieve outcomes without their constant supervision.

Planning & Organising Skills

Planning and organising skills could be associated with time as well as goal-setting for specific tasks. What this usually means is that employers want to see that you can plan, organise, and figure out how to implement a task or project.

Self-Management Skills

Having self-management skills usually means that you can direct yourself, work toward goals, and manage your working life effectively, for the benefit of the organisation.

Learning Skills

No workplace or role is static, and so every employee needs to know how to acquire new skills and expand their knowledge. Showing that you have the ability to quickly acquire new skills can be a real positive for any job application.

Technology Skills

Technology skills are vital to many if not all roles. Employers will usually be interested in learning if and how well you’re able to apply your technology skills to perform a given role.


Depending on the position requirements, a prospective employee may need to have the appropriate qualifications for the job or role. On other occasions, qualifications might not be essential, but having a relevant qualification might put you at the top of the short list. From time to time in your career, you could find it useful to review your existing qualifications and obtain new qualifications to keep your skill levels in line with the latest market requirements.

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