Wondering exactly what it takes to get that call back from your application or interview? Even if you don’t have training or an education, there are a number of skills that just about all employers want. We’ll teach you about them here.
You might only have one chance to shine, so make the most of it by demonstrating the skills that employers want most. From being approachable and timely, to teamwork, communication, resilience and the ability to go the extra mile on your own, we’ll show you what employers want. Then, we provide ways for you to demonstrate those skills before you ever get hired. Take a look and see which of your skills you can showcase most.
If You’re Ready to Chase the Job of Your Dreams, You Can Turn Your Everyday Skills Into Star Employee Material.
The Truth About What Employers Want
Whether you see yourself as more of a leader than someone with specialized skills, it’s highly likely you have skills and traits that will open most doors. Sure, employers like employees who can walk in the door and immediately get to work, but there are simple traits that can make you look more desirable with or without any specialized skills. Take a look and see if you match any of the simple skills below.
- Approachability: If employers can’t come to you with issues whether they concern your work or a new system they want to try out, they may not want to deal with you at all. You can demonstrate this on your application or resume by adding to the Special Skills section. Be open about the skills or interests you have, but be sure to mention how interested you are to learn from those with more experience.
- Timeliness: If you can’t show up to an interview on time, you’re probably not going to make it to work on time, either. The interview may be your first chance to meet with the person who will hire you. Demonstrate this skill by showing up to the interview a few minutes early and waiting patiently.
- Self-starter: No employer wants to stalk you all day to make sure you’re getting things done. What they do want is someone they can trust to get their work done and be productive, even when there is a lull. Be sure to highlight your independence and ability to work alone every chance you get. Show your natural initiative and willingness to see beyond minimal requirements.
- Communication: Get right to the point. Keep your statements short, but friendly. The interviewer might ask personal questions to get a feel for who you are and if you would be a good fit. Don’t share your life story, and do ask your own questions. Employers prefer those who ask real questions – it shows an interest in the position and the company.
- Resilience: As the needs of the company change, so will their expectations of you. They need to know you can roll with the changes without giving them a lot of grief. You can present this by sharing resilient experiences from previous jobs or demonstrating a willingness to make changes during the interview or application process. (For example, come prepared with a resume, but express a minimal level of excitement if you need to fill out an application. Attach the resume to the application.)
- Team Player: The best employees are the ones who can work just as well inside a group as they do on their own. Share your team spirit on your application by including any club activities or teams where you participate.
Every employee requires some training. The trick is to let potential employers know from the start that while you won’t require excessive initial training, you are open to honing your skills and using new ones. It’s a competitive world out there; make sure you find ways to make your skills stand out among the rest.