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How To Make Yourself More Employable

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It’s no secret that we’re in the midst of a recession; one that seems to have a firm stronghold on almost every industry, niche and new venture out there trying to survive in the corporate jungle. Getting an interview is tough nowadays, let alone a second interview…let alone a job offer. In an economy saturated with supply and struggling for demand it pays to be ahead with your skill set, workplace skills and professional attitude. Below are desirable qualities it’s recommended to have in your professional remit:

Enthusiasm
Ok so it might not be your dream job…but unfortunately a lot of positions nowadays do reside in an office and pretty much every position requires paperwork. A touch of enthusiasm (genuine enthusiasm is even better) can make the different between the acceptance and rejection emails landing in your inbox. This is a double-edged sword in that it’s easy to become disheartened, particularly if there have been more “no’s” than “yes’s” coming back from the job hunt, each rejection though is one closer to the acceptance and that all important job offer. Enthusiasm or a positive attitude; good work ethic and willingness to learn all contribute to a candidate’s employability – something 36% of employers rate as more important even than the specific technical skills and knowledge that relate to the role.

Integrity
This is a subjective quality but none the less one that’s important to almost all employers. Completing all tasks with integrity and applying your own morals and principles to everything you do helps to forge your reputation within a company. All decisions that create a quick gain of some description usually backfire and long term, despite them usually being harder at the time, making the right decision almost always ends up with the best result both for the person who made it and the team around them.

Communication
This one’s a particularly important quality for team leaders or project managers to possess. Being a visionary with great ideas is one thing, having the ability to communicate these ideas effectively and as they are intended to your team on all levels is another entirely. When dealing with people you will come across a myriad of personalities, being able to read these effectively and respond to them in the right way both to get your message across and delegate tasks is a super-skill in itself! Is good communication a product of nature or nurture? We don’t know…one thing we do know though, it can be improved with practice and increased awareness.

Problem Solving
You need this skill…at any job, in any industry and at any level. Whether the coffee machines broken or your department’s lost a million pounds in revenue due to a system hitch, we can all do with being good at problem solving. Managers and co-workers want to be asked when an employee doesn’t know how to do something however for trivial items that can be solved with a little common sense, being able to problem solve naturally comes in handy. This as a skill also transfers very well across to our personal lives where problem solving is equally useful.

Other Skills
Where do we start…reliability, motivation, punctuality, empathy and an ability to meet deadlines; if you are finding that you’re struggling to make it through that final interview round, try to take all of the above into account and become the model employee.

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