Entering the job market is intimidating and frustrating, especially when you think you do not have the necessary skills an employer is looking for. Lucky for you, there are a few select skills that you can brush up on that are essential for success in any town and will put you ahead of other candidates who don’t possess these skills.
With the increased use of technology, social media platforms, and online chat forums, the skill of communicating – both written and verbal – is one that many prospective candidates often lack. Being able to show your ability to clearly and confidently speak and articulate your ideas, as well as compose grammatically correct and sensical written text is an important part of any job and something that will be looked on favorably when you deliver it well.
Employers need to know they can rely on you and that you take pride in the work you do and take your job seriously. There is a degree of accountability that is expected from employees, in that you will show up for work, you will do what is asked of you, and you will consistently seek to do what is best for the company as an employee. When employers don’t think any of this is true, they probably won’t be interested in hiring you.
- Willingness to Learn
No matter what industry you are in or job you are taking on, there is always something to learn and there is always ways you can advance, change, and grow. Being willing to learn and take on feedback for growth and development is a huge part of job success, especially when you are in an industry that involves lots of growth, such as IT or health. In addition, focusing on learning outside of the workplace, such as going to conferences or seminars is another area that employers look on favorably.
- Leadership and Initiative
Employers want employees in their workplace who they can trust and rely upon, and who they know they can ask to complete challenging tasks and will independently do what needs to be done. Employers are not interested in hiring someone who needs their hand held throughout each workday or who constantly needs to be reminded of proper procedures and protocol. Instead, they like to see initiative, the desire to take on a leadership role, and the ability to see that through to the end.
Brush up on these skills and then the next time you see recruitment advertising by agencies in the Bay Area, you will be all ready to apply for the jobs they need filled!