What do employers look for in potential employees? That was the question that was posted recently on a career discussion forum online. Naturally, for each different position, the particular answers to that question would be different. However, there are some common skills that employers look for in all employees, irrespective of the industry or seniority. Following are 6 skills for success:
1. BASIC SKILLS: Reading, writing and arithmetic. Employers are seeking employees who can read well, can write coherently, and who can calculate mathematics in a business environment (fractions, percentages, etc.) Add to that basic computer knowledge (e.g. spreadsheet, word processing, etc.) to complete the basic skills needed for employment success.
2. PERSONAL SKILLS: Can a potential employee speak well? Can he/she answer questions in a positive, informative manner? Can the prospect provide good customer service? While not everyone has an outgoing personality, successful employees can communicate in a non-confrontational, positive manner with their team members, subordinates, management, and customers. Being able to work well with others is a vital skill for success in all jobs. Continue reading
Problems rarely affect only one area of a person’s life. Often, when you’re having problems in one area of your life, such as problems resulting from too much stress, things spiral downward on multiple fronts. Financial problems lead to erosion of quality of family life as you are totally occupied with making the ends meet month to month. And wealthy people are not free from stress either because in their case, stress arises from constant monitoring of mortal enemies, fighting the government on taxes, fighting litigation from claims on wealth, and attacks on reputation. Irrespective of where you are in life, you may begin to feel like your life is totally out of control.
The reason you feel out of control is that you don’t know what to do about your problems and may feel that the problems have gotten bigger than you and can’t be solved. Focusing too much on what you don’t have is counterproductive because it leads to lack of action or even depression, so first write down what it is that you really want. There is something special about writing thoughts on a paper because they start becoming much more clear and many of the fuzzy interwined thoughts in your mind start taking concrete shape once you put them on paper and some of the vague fears start going away. Continue reading
While the global economy might have technically come out / avoided a recession, America and Europe are still facing high levels of unemployment. The situation is better in Asia due to economic growth, where jobs are available but the competition for the good jobs is intense. This article is aimed to help anyone involved in a job search.
Before looking for your dream job, learn how to market your skills, experience, and talent. This will help you assess the possibility of landing your dream job. First, skills and interests should be evaluated personally. Write a list of your capabilities; then list your limitations or skills not available at present. Jobs that are too demanding, like night shifts, might not work, or jobs that you may be overly qualified for (it happens); and third, planning the time as soon as there is an inner instinct that tells you that you are ready and qualified. Once this has been done, go to companies and prospective employers early in the morning for this will give them a good impression and for the applicant, a time to complete the process the application if lucky. Remember, the early bird catches the worm. Continue reading