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#1 » by eMade (f) Premium (β31651) » September 1st, 2013, 10:42 pm

Job search is getting tougher and tougher as the competition among unemployed graduates keeps getting hotter and hotter. Based on a number of surveys on the skills required of graduates, here is a summary of the skills which employers most often deemed important.

VERBAL COMMUNICATION
1 Able to express your ideas clearly and confidently in speech

TEAMWORK
2 Work confidently within a group

COMMERCIAL AWARENESS
3 Understand the commercial realities affecting the organisation.

ANALYSING & INVESTIGATING
4 Gather information systematically to establish facts & principles. Problem solving.

INITIATIVE/SELF MOTIVATION
5 Able to act on initiative, identify opportunities & proactive in putting forward ideas & solutions

DRIVE
6 Determination to get things done. Make things happen & constantly looking for better ways of doing things.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
7 Able to express yourself clearly in writing

PLANNING & ORGANISING
8 Able to plan activities & carry them through effectively

FLEXIBILITY
9 Adapt successfully to changing situations & environments

TIME MANAGEMENT
10 Manage time effectively, prioritising tasks and able to work to deadlines.


Other skills that were also seen as important
GLOBAL SKILLS Able to speak and understand other languages. Appreciation of other cultures.

NEGOTIATING & PERSUADING Able to influence and convince others, to discuss and reach agreement.

LEADERSHIP Able to motivate and direct others

NUMERACY Multiply & divide accurately, calculate percentages, use statistics & a calculator, interpret graphs & tables.

COMPUTING SKILLS Word-processing, using databases, spreadsheets, the Internet & email, designing web pages etc.

SELF AWARENESS Awareness of achievements, abilities, values & weaknesses & what you want out of life.

PERSONAL IMPACT/CONFIDENCE Presents a strong, professional, positive image to others which inspires confidence & commands respect.

LIFELONG LEARNING Continues to learn throughout life. Develops the competencies needed for current & future roles

STRESS TOLERANCE Maintains effective performance under pressure

INTEGRITY Adheres to standards & procedures, maintains confidentiality and questions inappropriate behaviour.

INDEPENDENCE Accepts responsibility for views & actions and able to work under their own direction & initiative.

DEVELOPING PROFESSIONALISM Pays care & attention to quality in all their work. Supports & empowers others.

ACTION PLANNING Able to decide what steps are needed to achieve particular goals and then implement these.

DECISION-MAKING Determines the best course of action. Evaluates options based on logic & fact & presents solutions

INTERPERSONAL SENSITIVITY Recognises & respects different perspectives. Open to the ideas & views of others

CREATIVITY Generates & applying new ideas & solutions

Source: http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sk/top-ten-skills.htm


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#2 » by 9jaguy (m) (β1426) » September 2nd, 2013, 12:24 am

Well said and done, but the reality in a country like Naija is when those who have connections and long legs, even with zero skills, get the job. Abi no be so?

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#3 » by Yehmmy (f) (β1402) » September 9th, 2013, 6:33 pm

That's true. Long legs work here. But still' a competent candidates always stands out.

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#4 » by AKT (β253) » June 1st, 2014, 8:11 am

thanks for sharing. every graduate and job seeker must develop himself with this critical list of checklist.
even if some people use long legs, your light will still shine.

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#5 » by Basirat (β111) » August 15th, 2014, 11:13 am

Tanks for sharing

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