Yet to land a job or still moving from one job to another without any headway?
Do you know the job market is becoming more competitive, and employers only hire candidates with employability skills?
Your technical abilities might set your foot at the employer’s door; employability skills will make you successful on the job.
What are employability skills?
According to STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Network), “employability” is defined as “transferable skills needed by an individual to make them ’employable.”
Employability relates to your knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Also, it refers to how you use those assets and how you present them to employers in today’s context.
Some very essential employability skills include:
The ability to express your ideas and opinions clearly and to explain what you want to achieve without ambiguity.
This includes listening and understanding and acting upon what others are saying or instructing.
This involves your ability to think logically and find solutions to setbacks.
It also has to do with the ability to come up with new ideas and solutions and displaying enterprising capabilities to do things on your own without being instructed.
Your desire to learn and understand new things is an essential skill-set in today’s workplace where skill-gaps are appearing quick, and upskilling is inevitable.
The workplace is becoming inclusive by the day, and employers value candidates who can work well with others from different backgrounds, disciplines or expertise to accomplish a task or goal.
The ability to adapt to changing environments and work processes is a desirable trait to employers.
Having adaptability skills means you are open and willing to learn new things, take on new challenges and make adjustments to suit transitions in the workplace.
Why are Employability Skills Important?
Employability skills are essential attributes that accelerate your career and efficiently help you:
- Connect with co-workers
- Solve problems
- Be a part of and understand your role within the team
- Make responsible choices for your job and your career
- Be independent and take charge of your career.
Employability skills are essential for workplace productivity.
These skills will make you a valuable asset to your organization and help you get along with colleagues and clients at work.