Have you ever felt that you lack the “real” skills? Employers do not even want to look over your CV, because you are not experienced enough. If you have spent years on cramming the material at school or university, juggling, negotiating with an unpleasant roommate, then you most likely already have some valuable skills that will be useful in life. Here is the list of them!
If you can handle large volumes of information to understand the topic, choose and arrange only the most significant data, then any company is waiting for you. If you do not have this skill – read, listen, experience the rules of successful studying, and observe. Pay attention to the way people prove something, which of their arguments are effective and which are not.
If you think that drawing funny pictures or writing unusual essays is a waste of time, think again. The ability to see things not like the others is important for 41% of employers. To see whether you have this characteristic, pass some tests online and then apply the results in your resume – tell your boss how you manage to solve the conflicts in a creative way.
Believe it or not, even such industries as engineering and IT need people that can write correctly and clearly. You do not need to be Shakespeare or Hemingway, but if you know how to write about your topic in an understandable and interesting way, you are a precious worker. If you ask the professional writers how do they master their skills, the answer will be “Read and write a lot.” Think about your resume and cover letter as about the piece of art. Check the spelling and grammatical mistakes, ask someone to read them and criticize. It is important to have a look from the side.
Do you remember the presentation that you did at school or university? When working anywhere you will also need to do it, for example, if you want to tell the client at what stage the project is, some graphs, charts, histograms will help to navigate better and show the real situation. There are many resources that allow you to make a presentation, but you need to know what to do and how to behave before, during and after the presentation. Here only training and confidence matter. Attach your presentations to your resume, tell how they influenced the audience and show the results.
It is important not only for leaders. If you are accustomed to setting goals, analyzing how much time is required to achieve them, then you already know the basics of management. Think about your approach to solving everyday problems. How can it be improved? During the interview, tell the employers how you achieved the result, present them your own system of time management, and let them see that you know how to deal with the time.
When you are able to work with different people and convince them to work together for a common goal despite the differences in tastes and opinions – you are useful for any company. Be more active when your colleagues make a decision. Learn how to convince people to take your side, but do not forget to listen to their ideas. In the CV give some examples how by owing to your initiative the team reached the successful result. However, do not focus only on yourself; remember that the work was joint.
Willingness to Learn
Sometimes you will be required to perform work that is beyond your competence. According to statistics, more than 30% of graduates work in the sphere they studied at the university. However, that is okay. Learn something new every day. Use this knowledge to improve yourself and the world around you. Be ready for the challenges and the things that contradict your beliefs. Instead of writing “ready to learn,” give the examples how you ended some courses or learned some disciplines at a high level on your own.
This is the list of basic skills that every boss wants to see in his/her crew. You always have two options: to develop a specific skill from scratch or assess what you already have and improve it. What will you choose?