There are various skills needed in the employment spectrum. These skills need to be obtained and demonstrated before you are employed, during employment and when you progress in your career.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
In order to get a job you need to compile a CV that is of good quality and tells potential employers who you are and what you know before they even meet you. Your CV must be position and industry specific. It must speak to the potential employer in a language they understand and can relate to. For example if you are applying for an IT internship amongst other things you need to specify the various software and programming languages you know. On the other hand if you are applying for a chemistry internship you need to specify the equipment you are proficient in using and the type of chemistry you specialised in at tertiary education level.
You need to demonstrate that you possess the necessary skills required for the job you are applying for. You need to ensure that you are capable of doing the job you are applying for and are ready to enter employment. You must know the demands associated with the job and the qualities required of an individual within your career of interest. Career shadowing would be a good way to find out exactly what is required of you as an individual within a specific career.
Interview skills play a critical role in determining whether you get the job or not, therefore it is very important that you know what to expect, how to conduct yourself, what you should never do and what you should always do during an interview.
As an employee you are expected to act and carry yourself in a certain manner that is in line with the organisationís values. Your job may have certain demands and obligations that you need to comply with. It is important to familiarise yourself with what is expected of you and to act accordingly and produce results expected or exceeding expectations.
The below illustration lists some attributes that you will need to demonstrate in the workplace.
Effective communication is a key component you need to demonstrate, you should show that you are able to communicate your thoughts and desires. This can be done through verbal or written communication. It is important to note appropriate communication practices.
Employers value an individual who is able to solve problems. Providing solutions to problems big or small is a key skill. It is important to constantly enrich your knowledge so that you are well- informed and able to provide creative and innovative solutions.
Collaboration is a large part of work in this day and age. We have to collaborate with a wide range of individuals to meet our professional objectives. Your ability to work in a team and adapt to interpersonal relations is important in the workplace. Working well in a team, knowing your role within the team, fulfilling your responsibilities, working towards a common goal and collaboratively producing desired outcomes will contribute to a successful team. In every organisation you will have to collaborate with others at one time or another, so it is important to demonstrate good team work practices as an employee.
Initiative is an important capability; it allows your supervisor to trust you with the work that has been assigned to you. Taking initiative is an important attribute as an employee, having a self-starter mentality is important to prevent micro- management. Your supervisor will be able to focus on the work at hand rather than checking if you are in fact doing your job. This helps you to build a good reputation and increases your profile in terms of reliability.
As an employee self-management is important this involves your ability to manage work and time. Time management, work load management, planning and monitoring of personal progress are key aspects of building a good work portfolio. These attributes will be noticed especially by your manager.
We all want to see progress in our careers. Some of us want to become managers, directors or even executive managers. It is important to set goals in your career and to work towards them. Hard work, drive and determination are good attributes and skills to possess. There is no specific formula for success but there are some things you can work on or improve which can assist you in progressing within your desired field. Listed below are tips you can use to advance your career.