Career Tips

We’ll start with the obvious question…

What companies are searching for in prospective employees?

That was the question posed on an online career debate platform.

Of course, the specific answers to that question would be different for each different position.

I’ll explain…

If the employee happens to be an electrical engineer or a waitress, there are several qualities that companies search for in all workers.

Not sure where to start? No worries.

Here are 6 In-Demand Skills for Success:

1. BASIC SKILLS‚ Reading, writing, and arithmetic!

Employers are looking for employees who can read well, write consistently, and calculate math in a business environment (fractions, percentages, etc.)

And the real shocker?

Many high school graduates (and some college grads) do not read at a grade 8 level and cannot do multiplications in their heads.

It’s essential to have the technical knowledge of keyboarding and the ability to utilize most computerized tools. (fax machine, basic word processing program, etc.) to achieve the basic tasks required for productive work.

No surprise there, right? So, what’s next

2. PERSONAL SKILLS‚ Can a prospective employee speak well?

Can he/she answer client questions in a positive, informative way? Can the prospect deliver outstanding customer service?

But here’s the thing…

Although not everyone has a pleasant sales personality, employees should interact with their colleagues, team leaders, subordinates, managers, and customers in a non-confrontational, constructive manner.

The willingness to work well with others is a valuable trait for success in all jobs.

So, that brings up the next point

3. JOB ATTAINMENT‚ Job searching is a process that involves a great deal of dedication and attention to be successfully conducted.

May I have a moment, to be blunt with you?

It follows the old premise that many veteran programmers refer to as GIGO. Garbage In, Garbage Out. If you provide lousy performance, you will receive mediocre results.

Employers are seeking candidates who know how to present themselves in a positive manner and who display knowledge and enthusiasm about the companies they approach.

Candidates are assessed not only on their knowledge and expertise but also on how they are approaching the job search.

Believe it or not!

Enthusiasts with fewer qualifications have an equal chance of getting a job as laid-back candidates with better skills.

Phew. Almost there.

4. EMPLOYMENT SURVIVAL‚ Now there’s a heart-wrenching topic in this period of layoffs.

Who gets the hard ax and who doesn’t is often a matter of numbers, but it is also often a matter of performance. 

Let me explain why…

Employees who have consistently shown their worth, taken the initiative, and rendered themselves a valued commodity to the company have fewer odds of getting downsized than employees who put forth mediocre or average effort in their jobs.

But in truth,

That’s not always the case. Even the best is sometimes let go.

Moving up the job ladder or surviving within a company through layoffs is a success skill that is learned and is acquired by successful professionals.

We’re not finished yet…

5. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT‚ As all high-tech and engineering professionals know‚ in today’s working environment, it’s learning or burning.

Achieving new skills, developing fresh innovations, enhancing existing skills it’s an absolute necessity to succeed in today’s workforce.

So, how does this help you?

Successful individuals are continually attending workshops, taking courses, training on new products or launches, and even learning new skills that will make them marketable throughout their careers.

And the best part?

Employers are searching for candidates who have the experience they need to fulfill their needs.

From there, what’s the next step?

6. CAREER DEVELOPMENT‚ is a process for planning and setting goals.

Successful individuals are developing a career plan with written goals for the short and long-term future.

They set out the steps needed to shift their careers from Point A to Point B within timeframe C and prepare how they’re going to take those steps.

But why is it so important?

Productive people have someone to whom they are responsible for their growth and who will evaluate their progress in reaching their goals.

Employers are looking for individuals who wish to commit to the company for a longer time.

Successful career growth is a high selling point for candidates to prospective employers.

Okay, we’ve covered a lot here.

Do you have the 6 In-Demand Success Skills?  If not, it’s time to get moving in the right direction. You got this. Now go!


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