4 Top Tips for Job Seekers

While we all know that there are a significantly higher number of vacancies than previously, there is still competition for many roles. Job seekers still need to find ways to stand out and provide potential employers with the skills they are looking for. LinkedIn career expert Andrew McCaskill told CNBC Make It that “hiring managers are prioritising soft skills in a way they never have before”, so it’s important to look closely at the key skill areas that employers are looking for. 

Monster’s Future of Work global report found 58% of employers consider finding candidates with the right skills had been their biggest hiring challenge during the Coronavirus pandemic. Transferable skills were also highlighted in this report, with 63% of employers stating they would happily hire someone with transferable skills and provide necessary training in the technical aspects of the role. Let’s look more closely at four core invaluable skills areas that all employers value right now.

1)   Dependability and Adaptability

Historic levels of resignation and people moving on from roles makes sticking around more important than ever to employers. 

Highlighting dependability on your CV or application isn’t always straightforward but it should be possible. Give examples where you’ve taken initiative, hit targets or taken on leadership responsibilities. It is also important to show you can easily adapt. Most work environments change regularly, especially in uncertain economic times.

2)   Communication

Clear communication is vital for people in every single work environment. This is especially important when more companies are relying upon remote workers or those working on a hybrid basis. Demonstrating effective communication on an application form can include everything from leading presentations to explaining when you’ve provided feedback. When it comes to interview, it is useful to have questions prepared to ask your interviewers, as well as answering theirs. 

3)   Problem Solving

Problem solving strategies are vital for a resilient and effective business. Demonstrating your problem-solving skills will attract employers and make you stand out from the crowd. Great examples of problem-solving include everything from resolving technical issues to helping your previous or current employer with staffing issues. Give good examples of using creativity and critical thinking in your work.

4)   Digital Literacy

Digital employability skills are more important than ever. UNESCO define digital skills as “a range of abilities to use digital devices, communication applications, and networks to access and manage information. They enable people to create and share digital content, communicate and collaborate, and solve problems for effective and creative self-fulfilment in life, learning, work, and social activities.” In a work environment, digital literacy cannot be an afterthought and employers are looking for people who are fully digitally engaged and literate. Even if you do not use technology in your current role, you surely do in your personal life so including your skills in this area on your CV should be straightforward. Many organisations across the UK are battling a digital skills gap and if you have digital skills to show off, employers want to hear about them.

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