You’ve left school behind. Now that you’re looking to make it into the work force, present yourself in the best light possible. That starts with ensuring you have the skills all employers look for.
Decisiveness and Problem Solving
Employers want workers who solve problems on their own and can make decisions that help the company. Lifehack offers a couple ways to develop this skill. Being able to solve problems creatively is an essential skill every graduate should work on.
You can be amazing at your job, but if you can’t work with anyone else, and you can’t communicate with them, most of your talents will go to waste. If you want to up your team work abilities, consider working with others in different environments. Recreational sports teams, volunteering and other activities will help you grow this skill. For graduates, focusing on group work you did in school in your cover letter and job interview is a great way to show off this skill.
Organization and Prioritization
When you apply for a job, you’re likely to see something about a fast-paced environment. That they are looking for someone who is organized. Being able to do your job is important. Knowing what to work on and what to put aside is essential. If organization isn’t your strong suit, Wikihow has some tips on developing this skill.
As a graduate, you’ll probably have this skill taken care of. Knowing your way around a computer is an essential skill for anyone. Make sure you note on your resume the computer programs you’re proficient in. Microsoft Office, Apple iWork and other programs are used constantly in the work place. Don’t stop there, if you know some Adobe Photoshop or iMovie, make sure you mention those as well.
Do you know your industry inside and out? Do you know what trends are showing up? Do you know about just the job you’re applying for, or are you well versed in the technical aspects of things surrounding the job? The more you know about your job–specifically the nitty gritty stuff–and the work that surrounds it, the better off you’ll be.
The great news for graduates is that you have many of these skills already. Your goal is to grow these skills and make sure you point them out on your cover letter, resume and in your job interview!