Skills are an integral aspect of any position you plan on taking, so it is important that you find a career that aligns with your specific skill set. One of the main assets employers are looking for in applicants is a demonstrated ability to complete tasks, and prerequisite skills that can be built upon with time and experience. Although experience is one of the main attributes sought after by employers, applicants can display their skills in a number of creative ways to stand out. However, before you can showcase your skills on your next job application, it is important to first have a good understanding of exactly what those skills are. Here are some helpful pointers to help you get started:
What are you good at?
This is an incredibly challenging question for some, and can seem like a daunting task. Please keep in mind that this question isn’t going to be answered quickly. Before you can even begin to think about what you want to do for a living, you first need to evaluate your interests and natural abilities. Many people have an awareness of their skills at younger ages than others, but this does not mean that people who do not immediately recognize what they are good at are inferior or untalented. In fact, many people go into college unsure of their career paths, with the majority of college students changing their majors during their time at University. That is why it is important to try new things, and get feedback from friends and family about your strengths and weaknesses. Be honest with yourself, and figure out what is best for you, and which career best aligns with your goals. You can do this by making a list of things you enjoy, things you're good at, and aligning them with potential careers that interest you. Additionally, there are many career aptitude tests online to help you narrow down your search. There are also certain personality traits that are better suited for specific career fields. For example, people who enjoy solving complex problems and are naturally gifted in math and science, tend to gravitate towards the engineering and medical fields. Keep in mind that this is not always the case and everyone’s experiences are subjective.
How do you stand out from the crowd?
Employers view hundreds of resumes and applications regularly, and applicants are finding that in order to stand out from the crowd, they are having to get a little creative when showcasing their skills. It is a good idea to build a portfolio of work, whether it is in the form of a website, a digital portfolio, or a personalized LinkedIn profile. You can tailor your portfolio to appeal to a specific or niche audience so employers can easily determine whether you are a good fit for the job. Employers also want to see some results, so brag a little! Make sure to list your achievements, endorsements, and awards on your resume, portfolio, and LinkedIn profile.
What skills are employers looking for in applicants?
Increasingly, employers are looking for candidates that are dynamic, and capable of a range of skills that are not only associated with the position they are applying for, but also important life skills that will help them navigate the company’s work culture. General problem solving skills, in addition to decision making, creativity, and written and verbal communication skills are some of the most desired and sought after skills for employers. Leadership is a quality that employers are looking for, and they often have trouble recruiting candidates that display this quality. Make sure that your skills are aligned with the position you are applying to, and take the time to develop the key interpersonal skills mentioned earlier in this article.
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