Although qualifications are important in getting a job, employers also want to recruit young people who have employability skills such as communication skills, problem solving, creativity, honesty and integrity, being punctual, taking responsibility, team working, being self motivated and having a good work attitude.
Young people can improve their chances of impressing employers by being clear about the skills they have to offer. It’s up to you to confidently list and describe your skills during the various stages of the recruitment process.
These should help you in identifying your own particular “skill set”. Each heading is followed by examples that illustrate that skill but don’t stick slavishly to these – try to come up with your own list which matches your own blend of experience and ability.
Think about which of the descriptions represent your strengths and add your own descriptions where you can. Be specific and avoid vague or general claims to skills.
When you have your own personal list keep it with your CV and refer to it when making changes to your CV for particular job applications or when writing covering letters. Memorising key skills within your list will help enormously when answering skill or experience related questions in job interviews.
List No 1: Generic Skills (school leavers)Communication & Teamwork Skills
List No 2: Generic Skills (graduate level)Communication Skills
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