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Become Highly Employable

Posted: 05.29.2015
Job skillsFor many people today, a career for life is no longer an option. Most people have jobs with a variety of employers and move across different employment sectors through their working life.

We all need to be flexible in our working patterns and be prepared to change jobs and/or sectors if we believe there are better opportunities elsewhere. In order to be flexible we need a set of 'transferable skills' – skills that are not specific to one particular career path but are generic across all employment sectors.

Employers are often looking for skills that go beyond qualifications and experience. While your education and experience may make you eligible to apply for a job, to be successful in the role you will need to exhibit a mix of skills: ‘employability skills’.

For employers, getting the right people means identifying people with the right skills and qualities to fulfill the role and contribute to the organization’s success.  Candidates may have the qualifications and 'hard skills' needed to be able to manage the job role but, without a well-honed set of 'soft skills', employers are less inclined to hire.

You need to understand which of the skills you've acquired have a value, and which may even command a premium in today's market .Over the past years, have you continued to develop your professional skills, progressed within your career, and enhanced your employability? Or have you been like stood still, devilling on well-earned skills repeatedly but without adding more personal values and achievements within your workplace.

What you need to do is:

Identify your marketable skills you should note down which things led to your success. Highlight your key strengths in your job role.

Update your skills for the job Keep your skills up to date, and take the courses that will bring your skills up. Be honest in your assessment and identify both your strengths and weaknesses that need to be addressed.

Know your industry/domain you should know the field of job inside out, what are positive and negative aspects, for example marketing or finance.

Build your contacts book .You need to have contacts that are strong and current. Attending events or conferences to interact could help you to reconnect with previous contacts or forge meaningful new connections.

Strengthen communication skills You should be able to demonstrate strong communication skills dealing with all levels, age groups, within your firm. Face-to-face meetings in many places have been replaced with communication via video, such as Skype or Google Hangout .Like it or not, you have to develop camera confidence.

Be a cultural and team fit you should be answerable for when a prospective employer asks you to describe the culture of your current employer and indicate how you have thrived within it.

Demonstrate your key achievements demonstrate how you could repeat your success.

Understand which skills have value you should be prioritizing your valuable skills on your CV during your job search or highlighting them on your LinkedIn profile.

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