City : Learning Bank : What Employers Want

Learning Bank

qualification.gifAll jobs are different but there are some skills that all employers look for, so it's worth while investing time and (if you can afford it) money into developing these skills.

If you can show your employer that you have these skills then they will be much more likely to take you on or to promote you. Also by taking on a course in the sector you want to go into you will be showing your potential employer that you are really dedicated to the job you are applying for, and that you have prepared for it and planned for it. This is a good opportunity to show your enthusiasm. 

  • Top 10 Skills Employers are Looking for

    1. English : Your employer will expect you to have the basic level of English and they may even expect a higher level depending on the job you are going for. Most employers these days are looking for you to have a minimum of GCSE English A-C. But you don’t need to worry if you don’t; there are courses available in lots of places across West Berkshire. Try looking at Key Skills at Newbury College – available for all ages and levels.
    2. Maths : The same applies as for English, check out the other floor for information on what courses are available.
    3. ICT Skills : ICT (Information and Communications Technology) skills are getting more and more important for a lot of jobs so getting strong skills here could really help you stand out as a job applicant.
    4. Sector Specific : The sector that you are applying for may have specific courses that are either expected of you, or which would give you a head start, check out some of your options on the other floor of this building.
    5. Languages : If you can show that you have a global outlook, with language skills and knowledge of other cultures, you will be impressive to any employer who operates in other countries.
    6. Teamwork : Can you work well in a group and with others? Have you completed tasks and met targets as part of a wider team? Employers want someone who is able to work well with the people already in their office. Think about times you have worked on projects with others or when you played on a sports team and had success.
    7. Communication skills : Being able to express yourself, in person, over the phone and in meetings is really important. You need to remember that communication isn’t just with your words- it’s about your body language too!
    8. OrganisationIf your boss gives you a document or item will you lose it? This is something that your future employer wants to know before they hire you.
    9. Time ManagementTime Management is important because your boss needs to know that you won’t be late for work, and will get things done on time. 
    10. PassionEven if you’re not that excited by the idea of doing a particular job, you need to show that you’re enthusiastic and willing to do it. This will really increase your chances of getting the job.
  • How Do I Show These Skills?

    cv.gifYou will need to show them in two ways, on your CV and in person. 

    On paper, you can show that you have these skills by highlighting how you have shown them during your work experience and extra-curricular activities. If you haven’t got any experience yet, that’s okay too. You can describe how the courses you’ve taken or your time at school has developed these skills. Some will be easier to show with certificates, especially numeracy and literacy. West help you to get can get specialised work experience for Business Administration, Customer Service, Construction, Engineering, Carpentry Occupations And Child Care.

    mentor.gifTry the National Careers Service Skills Health Check to see where your gaps are.

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